List of wars involving Iraq

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This is a list of wars that Iraq has been involved in (as they were locally named where applicable):

Conflict Iraq
and allies
Opponents Results Iraqi losses Head of State
Military Civilians
Great Iraqi Revolution
(1920)
Iraqi rebels  United Kingdom
 British Raj
Defeat
6,000-10,000
2,050-4,000
None
First Barzani Revolt
(1931–1932)
Kingdom of Iraq Iraq
 United Kingdom
Barzani Kurds Victory
  • Uprising quelled.
?
Faisal I of Iraq
Anglo-Iraqi War
(1941)
Kingdom of Iraq Iraq
 Germany
 Italy
 United Kingdom
 British Raj
Iraq Royalists
Jordan Transjordan
 Australia
 New Zealand
Defeat
  • Re-installation of Hashemite royal dynasty and pro-British government.
~500
?
Rashid Ali al-Gaylani
Second Barzani Revolt
(1943-1945)
Kingdom of Iraq Iraq Barzani Kurds Victory
  • Uprising quelled.
?
Faisal II of Iraq
First Arab-Israeli War
(1948–1949)
Egypt Egypt
 Iraq
Jordan Transjordan
Syria Syria
 Lebanon
Saudi Arabia
 Yemen
Flag of Hejaz 1917.svg Holy War Army
Arab League ALA
 Israel Defeat
?
None
Mosul Uprising
(1959)
Iraq Iraq United Arab Republic Arab nationalists Government victory
  • Iraq remains outside the UAR.
2,426
Muhammad Najib ar-Ruba'i
First Kurdish–Iraqi War
(1961–1970)
Iraq Iraq
 Syria
KDP Stalemate
~10,000
?
Six Day War
(1967)
 Egypt
 Syria
 Jordan
Iraq Iraq
 Israel Defeat
10
None
Abdul Rahman Arif
October War
(1973)
 Egypt
 Syria
Iraq Iraq
 Jordan
 Algeria
Morocco Morocco
 Saudi Arabia
 Cuba
 Israel Defeat[1]
278
None
Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
Second Kurdish–Iraqi War
(1974–1975)
Iraq Iraq KDP Victory
  • Iraq re-established control over Kurdistan.
7,000
?
Iran–Iraq War
(1980–1988)
Iraq Iraq
MEK
 Iran
KDP
PUK
Badr Brigades
Stalemate
105,000–
375,000
~100,000
Saddam Hussein
Gulf War
(1990–1991)
Iraq  Kuwait
United States
 United Kingdom
 Saudi Arabia
 France
 Canada
 Egypt
 Syria
 Oman
 UAE
 Qatar
Defeat
20,000–
35,000
3,664
Sha'aban Intifada
(1991)
Iraq Iraq
MEK
Badr Brigades
Islamic Dawa Party Flag.svg Dawa
Victory (Southern front)
  • Uprising suppressed.
~5,000
80,000–
230,000
KDP
PUK
Defeat (Northern front)
Iraqi Kurdish Civil War
(1995–1996)
KDP
Iraq Iraq
PDKI
PUK
United States
Retreat
?
Operation Desert Fox
(1998)
Iraq Iraq United States
 United Kingdom
Ceasefire
  • Much Iraqi infrastructure destroyed.
600–
2,000
Iraq War
(2003–2011)
Iraq Iraq United States
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 Poland
Peshmerga
Defeat (phase 1)
7,600–
10,800
Disputed
 Iraq
Iraqi Kurdistan
MNF–I
Iraq SCJL
Iraq Naqshbandi Army
al-Qaeda Iraq Free Iraqi Army
Flag of Ansar al-Islam.svg Ansar al-Islam
Islamic Army of Iraq (emblem).png IAI
Mahdi Army
Special Groups
Badr Brigades
Kata'ib Hezbollah
Government victory (phase 2)
17,690
Jalal Talabani
Iraqi Civil War
(2014–)
 Iraq
 Iran
 Syria
CJTF–OIR
Badr Brigades
Kata'ib Hezbollah
Hezbollah
 Iraqi Kurdistan
 Rojava
Sinjar Alliance (Yazidis)
Assyrian forces
ISIL
Iraq Free Iraqi Army
Islamic Army of Iraq (emblem).png IAI
Ansar al-Islam
Mujahideen Army
Ansar al-Sunnah
Ongoing
~6,300
~16,400
Fuad Masum

Other armed conflicts involving Iraq[edit]

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History of Iraq
Detail from the Ishtar Gate
Ancient Mesopotamia
Classical antiquity
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References[edit]

  1. ^ References:
    • Herzog, The War of Atonement, Little, Brown and Company, 1975. Forward
    • Insight Team of the London Sunday Times, Yom Kippur War, Double Day and Company, Inc, 1974, page 450
    • Luttwak and Horowitz, The Israeli Army. Cambridge, MA, Abt Books, 1983
    • Rabinovich, The Yom Kippur War, Schocken Books, 2004. Page 498
    • 0-313-31302-4&lr=#v=onepage&q=&f=false Revisiting The Yom Kippur War, P.R. Kumaraswamy, pages 1–2
    • Johnson and Tierney, Failing To Win, Perception of Victory and Defeat in International Politics. Page 177
    • Charles Liebman, The Myth of Defeat: The Memory of the Yom Kippur war in Israeli Society Middle Eastern Studies, Vol 29, No. 3, July 1993. Published by Frank Cass, London. Page 411.
  2. ^ Loyola, Mario (7 October 2013). "How We Used to Do It - American diplomacy in the". National Review. p. 1. Retrieved 2 December 2013.