Operation Dawn 5

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Operation Dawn V
Part of Iran–Iraq War
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Date Early 1984
Location Basra, Southeast Iraq
Result Indecisive
  • Tactical Iranian victory (Iran fails their objective but makes minor gains over useless land)
  • Defensive Iraqi victory (Iraq holds on to the city of al-Basra)
Territorial
changes
Iran makes (small) gains.
Belligerents
 Iraq  Iran
Strength
2 Army Corps (approx; 90,000-100,000 soldiers) 500,000 soldiers
Casualties and losses
25,000 25,000

As 1984 began, Iran launched Operation Dawn V, also known as Operation Dawn 5 or Operation Valfajr-5 (Persian). The Goal of the offensive was to split the Iraqi 3rd Army Corps and 4th Army Corps near Basra. It was fought between the Pasdaran, Basij and the Iraqi Army. In the early phases,a force of an estimated 500,000 Pasdaran and Basij, using shallow boats or on foot, moved to within a few kilometers of the strategic Basra-Baghdad waterway. The Iranians lacked artillery, air support and armored protection, while the Iraqis were well equipped.[1] The armies inflicted 25,000 casualties on each other and the Iranians failed to achieve their objective. This operation was the biggest of the Dawn operations.

The Battle[edit]

see: Battle of the Marshes; Operation Kheibar; Operation Dawn 6

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