List of wars involving Iraq

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
(19351936)
 Iraq Shia tribesmen Government victory
  • Uprising quelled
~500
Ghazi of Iraq
Ali Jawdat al-Aiyubi
Anglo-Iraqi War
(1941)
Iraq
 Germany
 Italy
 United Kingdom
 British Raj
Assyrian Levies
Royalists
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
(19431945)
 Iraq Barzani Kurds Victory
  • Uprising quelled
?
Faisal II of Iraq
Nuri al-Said
First Arab-Israeli War
(19481949)
Egypt
 Iraq
Transjordan
Syria
 Lebanon
Saudi Arabia
 Yemen
Holy War Army
ALA
 Israel Defeat
?
None
Muzahim al-Pachachi
Mosul Uprising
(1959)
Iraq Arab nationalists Government victory
  • Iraq remains outside the UAR
2,426
Muhammad Najib ar-Ruba'i
Abd al-Karim Qasim
First Iraqi–Kurdish War
(19611970)
Iraq
 Syria
KDP Stalemate
~10,000
?
Six-Day War
(1967)
 Egypt
 Syria
 Jordan
Iraq
 Israel Defeat
10
None
Abdul Rahman Arif
Abdul Rahman Arif
October War
(1973)
 Egypt
 Syria
Iraq
 Jordan
 Algeria
Morocco
 Saudi Arabia
 Cuba
 Israel Defeat[1]
278
None
Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr
Second Iraqi–Kurdish War
(19741975)
Iraq KDP
 Iran
Victory (except against Iran)[3]
  • Iraq re-established control over Kurdistan
7,000
?
Iran–Iraq War
(19801988)
Iraq
MEK
DRFLA
 Sudan
 Iran
KDP
PUK
Badr Brigades
Stalemate
105,000
375,000
~100,000
Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein
Gulf War
(19901991)
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
MEK
Badr Brigades
Dawa
Government victory (Southern front)
  • Uprising suppressed
~5,000
80,000
230,000
KDP
PUK
Defeat (Northern front)
Iraqi Kurdish Civil War
(19951996)
KDP
Iraq
KDPI
PUK
United States
Stalemate
?
Bombing of Iraq
(1998)
Iraq United States
 United Kingdom
Defeat
  • Much Iraqi infrastructure destroyed
1,400[4]
(KIA or WIA)
?
Second Sadr Uprising
(1999)
Iraq Badr Brigades
Dawa
Government victory
  • Uprising suppressed
40+
200+[5]
Iraq War
(20032011)
Iraq United States
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 Poland
Peshmerga
Defeat (Phase 1)
7,600
10,800
Disputed
 Iraq
Iraqi Kurdistan
MNFI
SCJL
Naqshbandi Army
Free Iraqi Army
al-Qaeda
ISI
Ansar al-Islam
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
CJTF–OIR

 Iran
 Syria
Hezbollah

ISIL
Ansar al-Islam
SCJL
Naqshbandi Army
Mujahideen Army
Ongoing
  • Iraqi territorial integrity preserved
  • ISIL expelled from all strongholds in Iraq[6]
  • ISIL genocides against Yazidis, Shias, and Christians in 2014
34,000+
30,000+
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:
  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. Rossiter, Mike, Target Basra , Corgi, 2009 ISBN 0552157007 ISBN 978-0552157001, p. 210
  5. Dan Murphy (27 April 2004). "Sadr the agitator: like father, like son". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  6. "With Iraqi-Kurdish Talks Stalled, Phone Diplomacy Averts New Clashes". New York Times.
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