Battle of Jahra
|Battle of Jahra|
|Part of Kuwait–Nejd Border War and
Unification of Saudi Arabia
|Commanders and leaders|
|Faisal Al-Dawish||Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah|
|3-4,000 men||1500 men|
|Casualties and losses|
|Unknown killed||Sheikh Jaber Abdullah II Al-Sabah II Al-Sabah †
|Part of a series on the|
|History of Kuwait|
|Prehistoric and ancient|
|Mayêan (Maishan)||5th–13th century|
|Battle of Chains||629 / 633|
|20th century to 1961|
|Sheikhdom of Kuwait||1899–1961|
|Kuwait since 1961|
|State of Kuwait||
|Gulf War||Aug 1990 – Feb 1991|
The battle took into effect as the result of the Battle of Hamdh. A force of three to four thousand Ikhwan, bedouin fighters led by Faisal Al-Dawish, attacked the Red Fort at Al-Jahra, defended by fifteen hundred men. The fort was besieged and the Kuwaiti position precarious; had the fort fallen, Kuwait would likely have been incorporated into Ibn Saud's empire. In the event, reinforcements from Kuwait City arrived by sea, and help was provided also by Shammar tribesmen who arrived over land.
The Ikhwan attack repulsed for the while, negotiations began between Salim and Al-Dawish; the latter threatened another attack if the Kuwaiti forces did not surrender. The local merchant class convinced Salim to call in help from British troops, who showed up with airplanes and three warships, ending the attacks.
- Toth, Anthony B. (2005). "Tribes and Tribulations: Bedouin Losses in the Saudi and Iraqi Struggles over Kuwait's Frontiers, 1921-1943". British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 32 (2): 145–67.
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