Iran–Iraq War

Faced with such losses, Khomeini appointed the cleric Hashemi Rafsanjani as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces , though he had in actuality occupied that position for months. Anyone can post in open comments. Though Khorramshahr was finally captured, the battle had delayed the Iraqis enough to allow the large-scale deployment of the Iranian military.

Saddam's primary interest in war may have also stemmed from his desire to right the supposed "wrong" of the Algiers Agreement, in addition to finally achieving his desire of annexing Khuzestan and becoming the regional superpower. The Twilight War: Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.

The bombings killed 65 children in an elementary school in Borujerd. Marine Corps. Prior to , the conscription -based Iraqi regular army and the volunteer-based Iraqi Popular Army conducted the bulk of the operations in the war, to little effect. Retrieved 27 May Retrieved The war also followed a long history of border disputes , and Iraq planned to annex the oil-rich Khuzestan Province and the east bank of the Shatt al-Arab Arvand Rud.

We apologize for any inconvenience. History of Iran. They were slowed by Iranian air attacks and Revolutionary Guard troops with recoilless rifles , rocket-propelled grenades , and Molotov cocktails. Los Angeles Times.

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Al Jazeera. Saddam Hussein President of Iraq. Last Updated: At first, Saddam attempted to ensure that the Iraqi population suffered from the war as little as possible.

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The named reference iranicaonline was invoked but never defined see the help page. With aircraft sorties and heavy use of nerve gas, they crushed the Iranian forces in the area, killing 3, and nearly destroying a Revolutionary Guard division. The United States wished to both keep Iran away from Soviet influence and protect other Gulf states from any threat of Iranian expansion. Lord Hutton is appointed to chair a judicial inquiry into his death.

The conflict has been compared to World War I in terms of the tactics used, including large-scale trench warfare with barbed wire stretched across fortified defensive lines, manned machine guns posts, bayonet charges, Iranian human wave attacks, extensive use of chemical weapons by Iraq, and, later, deliberate attacks on civilian targets. You must be logged in to vote.

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At least one in four children in Iraq impacted by conflict and poverty

Some will bear the physical and psychological scars for life due to exposure to unprecedented brutality. While Iranian human wave attacks were successful against the dug in Iraqi forces in Khuzestan, they had trouble breaking through Iraq's defense in depth lines. For archived content, visit worldbank.

Polygamous marriages accounted for 30 percent of those registered in Damascus in , up from just five percent in At the same time, Saddam ordered the genocidal al-Anfal Campaign in an attempt to crush the Kurdish resistance, who were now allied with Iran.

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In one of the few times during his career, Saddam gave in to the demands of his generals. Outline Index Category Portal. The Majalla. They nearly breached the Iraqi lines but failed to capture Mandali after the Iraqis sent reinforcements, including brand new T tanks, which possessed armour that could not be pierced from the front by Iranian TOW missiles.