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 Prime Minister
Military Civilians
Great Iraqi Revolution
(1920)
Iraqi rebels  United Kingdom
 British Raj
Defeat
6,000–
10,000
2,050–
4,000
None
Iraqi Shia Revolts
(1935–1936)
 Iraq Kingdom of Iraq Shia tribesmen Government victory
  • Uprising quelled
~500
Ghazi of Iraq
Ali Jawdat al-Aiyubi
Anglo-Iraqi War
(1941)
Kingdom of Iraq Iraq
 Germany
 Italy
 United Kingdom
 British Raj
Iraq Royalists
Jordan Transjordan
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Greece
Defeat
  • Re-installation of Hashemite royal dynasty and pro-British government
~500
?
Sherif Sharaf
Rashid Ali al-Gaylani
Barzani Revolt
(1943–1945)
 Iraq Barzani Kurds Victory
  • Uprising quelled
?
Faisal II of Iraq
Nuri al-Said
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
Muzahim al-Pachachi
Mosul Uprising
(1959)
Iraq Iraq United Arab Republic Arab nationalists Government victory
  • Iraq remains outside the UAR
2,426
Muhammad Najib ar-Ruba'i
Abd al-Karim Qasim
First Iraqi–Kurdish 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
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
Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
Second Iraqi–Kurdish War
(1974–1975)
Iraq Iraq KDP
 Iran
Victory (except against Iran)[3]
  • Iraq re-established control over Kurdistan
7,000
?
Iran–Iraq War
(1980–1988)
Iraq Iraq
MEK
DRFLA
KDPI
 Sudan
 Iran
KDP
PUK
Badr Brigades
Stalemate
105,000–
375,000
~100,000
Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein
Gulf War
(1990–1991)
Iraq  Kuwait
United States
 United Kingdom
 Saudi Arabia
 France
 Canada
 Egypt
 Syria
 Oman
 UAE
 Qatar
 Italy
 Australia
Defeat
20,000–
35,000
3,664
Sha'aban Intifada
(1991)
Iraq Iraq
MEK
Badr Brigades
Islamic Dawa Party Flag.svg Dawa
Government 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
KDPI
PUK
United States
Stalemate
?
Bombing of Iraq
(1998)
Iraq Iraq United States
 United Kingdom
Unclear
  • Much Iraqi infrastructure destroyed
1,400
?
1999 Shia uprising in Iraq
(1999)
Iraq Iraq Badr Brigades
Islamic Dawa Party Flag.svg Dawa
Government victory
  • Uprising suppressed
40+
200+[4]
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
Iraq Free Iraqi Army
al-Qaeda
ISI
Flag of Ansar al-Islam.svg Ansar al-Islam
Islamic Army of Iraq (emblem).png IAI
Mahdi Army
Badr Brigades
Kata'ib Hezbollah
Government victory (Phase 2)
17,690
Jalal Talabani
Nouri al-Maliki
Iraqi Civil War
(2014–)
 Iraq
 Iraqi Kurdistan
Sinjar Alliance
NPU
Seal of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.svg CJTF–OIR

 Iran
 Syria
Hezbollah

ISIL
Ansar al-Islam
Iraq SCJL
Iraq Naqshbandi Army
Mujahideen Army
Ongoing
16,457
~37,000+
Fuad Masum
Haider al-Abadi
Kirkuk Crisis
(2017–)
 Iraq  Iraqi Kurdistan Victory
  • Iraq retakes disputed territories
?
?

Other armed conflicts involving Iraq

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References

  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[permanent dead link] 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. 
  3. ^ J. Schofield, Militarization and War, p. 122
  4. ^ Dan Murphy (27 April 2004). "Sadr the agitator: like father, like son". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
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