Battle of Jarrab

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Battle of Jarrab
Part of World War I
Date 17 January 1915
Location Jarrab Lake, North of town of Al Majma'ah, Arabia
Result Rashidi victory
Flag of the Emirate of Ha'il.svg Emirate of Jabal Shammar Flag of the Second Saudi State.svg Emirate of Riyadh
Commanders and leaders
Flag of the Emirate of Ha'il.svg Saud Ibn Rashid Flag of the Second Saudi State.svg Abdulaziz Ibn Saud
1,500-1,800 2,000
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The Battle of Jarrab was a territorial battle between the Al Sa'ud and their traditional enemies the Al Rashid in January 1915. It was a proxy battle of World War I between the British-supported Sa'udis and the Ottoman-supported Rashidis.

The main significance of the battle was the death of Ibn Sa'ud's British Military Advisor, Captain William Shakespear. This diminished the relationship between Ibn Sa'ud and the British, changing the course of the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire.


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