List of wars involving Kuwait

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This is a list of wars that Kuwait has been involved in.

Conflict Kuwait
and allies
Opponents Results Kuwaiti losses Head of State
Military Civilians
Utbi Invasion of Bahrain
(1782-1783)
Flag of Kuwait (?-1899).png Kuwait
Zubarah
Persia Victory
  • Naval attack by the Bushehri navy on Zubarah in 1782 fails.
  • Civil war starts in Bahrain after the attack on Zubarah.
  • Jidhafs win the civil war, however, by this time the Zubarans had just entered the country.
  • Zubarah gains control of Bahrain in 1783
~?
Abdullah I Al-Sabah
Battle of Al-Raqah[1]
(1783)
Flag of Kuwait (?-1899).png Kuwait Banu Kaab Victory
  • Kuwaiti victory over Banu Kaab.
~No Recorded Casualties
Battle of Khakeekera[2]
(1811)
Flag of Kuwait (?-1899).png Kuwait
Bahrain
Emirate of Diriyah Victory
  • Rahma bin Jaber Al Jalhami's invasion of Bahrain repelled.
~1000 (Kuwait and Bahrain)
~
Siege of Basra[3]
(1831)
Flag of Kuwait (?-1899).png Kuwait
Bedouins
Ottoman Empire Victory
  • End of several week long siege of Basra by the allies of former Baghdad governor Dawud Pasha.
  • Arab demands met with the Re-installation of Aziz Agha as Mutasallim of Basra.
~?
Jaber I Al-Sabah
Siege of Al-Zubair[4]
(1833)
Flag of Kuwait (?-1899).png Kuwait
House of Al Thaqib
Bedouins
Zubair Victory
  • End of the seven month long siege of Zubair.
  • Restoration of the Al Thaqib family as the ruling house of Zubair.
  • Massacre of the House of Al Zuhair by the reinstated House of Al Thaqib; survivors find refuge in Kuwait and Ottoman Iraq.
~?
Invasion of Muhammara[5]
(1837)
Flag of Kuwait (?-1899).png Kuwait
Ottoman Empire
Banu Kaab Victory
  • Capture and destruction of Muhammara (Khorramshahr) by Ali Rida Pasha, Governor of Baghdad.
  • Banu Kaab pays homage to the Ottomans rather than the Persians.
  • Kuwait wins alliance with the Ottoman Empire and becomes unrivaled in sharing with Basra the commercial prosperity in the northern region of the Gulf with the fall of Muhammara.
~?
Al-Hasa Expedition[6][7]
(1870-1871)
Flag of Kuwait (?-1899).png Kuwait
Ottoman Empire
Bedouins
Emirate of Nejd Victory
  • Al Hasa is reincorporated into the Ottoman Empire and becomes known as the Najd Sanjak.
  • Sheikh Abdullah bin Sabah Al Sabah the ruler of Kuwait is granted the honorific title[8] of Kaymakam by the Ottomans for his contribution to the war effort.[9]
~?
Abdullah II Al-Sabah
1901 Najd Campaign[10][11]
(1901)
Flag of Kuwait (1899-1909).svg Kuwait

Bedouins

Jabal Shammar Defeat
  • Kuwaiti Invasion of Najd repelled.
  • Establishment of British Protectorate over Kuwait based on Anglo-Kuwaiti Agreement of 1899.
~1,200
~
Mubarak Al-Sabah
Battle of Jo-Laban[12][13]
(1903)
Flag of Kuwait (1899-1909).svg Kuwait
Emirate of Nejd and Hasa
Bedouins
Jabal Shammar Victory
~?
Battle of Hadia[14]
(1910)
Flag of Kuwait (1909-1915).svg Kuwait
Emirate of Nejd and Hasa
Al-Muntafiq Victory
  • Kuwaiti-Saudi initial defeat at the Battle of Hadia.
  • Sheikh Mubarak sends another force which easily claims victory against the Al Muntafiq tribe.
~338
~
Mesopotamian Campaign[15][16][17]
(1914-1918)
Kuwait(1914)

British Empire British Empire

 Ottoman Empire
German Empire German Empire
Victory

Kuwaiti Front:

  • Ottoman forces expelled from their positions in Umm Qasr, Safwan, and Bubiyan.
  • British public recognition of Kuwait as a protectorate proclaiming it to be an “independent government under British protection.[18]

British Front:

~?
Kuwait–Najd War
(1919–1920)
Flag of Kuwait (1915-1956).svg Kuwait Emirate of Nejd and Hasa Victory
  • Saudi retreat from Kuwait.
~200
Salim Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah
Ikhwan Revolt
(1927-1930)
Flag of Kuwait (1915-1956).svg Kuwait
Nejd and Hejaz
United Kingdom
Ikhwan Victory
  • Ikhwan attack on Kuwait repelled.
  • The remnants of the Ikhwan incorporated into regular Saudi units.
  • The Ikhwan leadership was either slain or imprisoned.
~14[19]
~
Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Six-Day War
(1967)
 Egypt
 Syria
 Jordan
Iraq Iraq
Algeria
 Kuwait
Libya
Morocco
Pakistan
PLO
Saudi Arabia
Sudan
Tunisia
 Israel Defeat
~18,510-23,510 (Arab forces combined)
~
Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah
Al-Sanita Border Skirmish
(1973)
Flag of Kuwait.svg Kuwait Iraq Iraq Ceasefire
  • Pull back of Iraqi Armed Forces to the demarcation line set by the Arab League during Operation Vantage 1961.
  • Iraqi withdrawal from Al-Sanita border post under Saudi pressure.[20]
~2
~
October War
(1973)
 Egypt
 Syria
Iraq Iraq
 Jordan
 Algeria
 Cuba
 Morocco
 Tunisia

PLO
 Kuwait
Saudi Arabia
Pakistan
North Korea
 Israel Defeat[21]
~8,000-18,500 (Arab forces combined)
~
Gulf War
(1990–1991)
 Kuwait
United States
 United Kingdom
 Saudi Arabia
 France
 Canada
 Egypt
 Syria
 Oman
 UAE
 Bahrain
 Qatar
Other Allies
Iraq Victory
~200
~1,000
Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ar:معركة الرقة
  2. ^ ar:معركة خكيكرة
  3. ^ Abu-Hakima, Ahmad Mustafa. "The Siege of Basra (1831)." The Modern History of Kuwait, 1750-1965. London: Luzac &, 1983. 79. Print.
  4. ^ Abu-Hakima, Ahmad Mustafa. "Kuwait and Al-Zubair." The Modern History of Kuwait, 1750-1965. London: Luzac &, 1983. 76-78. Print.
  5. ^ Abu-Hakima, Ahmad Mustafa. "Invasion of Muhammara (1837)." The Modern History of Kuwait, 1750-1965. London: Luzac &, 1983. 80. Print.
  6. ^ ar:عبد الله الثاني الصباح#cite note-2
  7. ^ Abu-Hakima, Ahmad Mustafa. "The Expedition Route, Midhat Pasha in Al-Hasa, Kuwait's Role in the Ottoman Expedition 1871-1873, Abd Allah's Direct Role in the War." The Modern History of Kuwait, 1750-1965. London: Luzac &, 1983. 85-89. Print.
  8. ^ http://books.google.com.kw/books?id=BH27AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA253&lpg=PA253&dq=kuwait+was+never+a+part+of+the+ottoman+empire&source=bl&ots=B-gzXIzXI-&sig=ogO9tgUyafEwXt9InwjAHFpxDfI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=r7E_U-r3K6O10wW2l4H4DA&ved=0CE8Q6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=kuwait%20was%20never%20a%20part%20of%20the%20ottoman%20empire&f=false
  9. ^ Abu-Hakima, Ahmad Mustafa. "The Effects of Al-Hasa Expedition on Kuwait." The Modern History of Kuwait, 1750-1965. London: Luzac &, 1983. 89-90. Print.
  10. ^ ar:معركة الصريف
  11. ^ ar:معركة الرخيمة
  12. ^ http://www.kuwait-history.net/vb/showthread.php?t=1373
  13. ^ http://www.marefa.org/index.php/%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%B1%D9%83%D8%A9_%D8%AC%D9%88_%D9%84%D8%A8%D9%86
  14. ^ ar:معركة هدية
  15. ^ Slot 2005, p. 406
  16. ^ Slot 2005, p. 407
  17. ^ Slot 2005, p. 409
  18. ^ Slot 2005 406"
  19. ^ http://www.kuwait-history.net/vb/showthread.php?t=288
  20. ^ Iraq-Kuwait relations
  21. ^ References: