#31 Iran won the War? Hardly. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Zardos
    • 25.08.06 | 19:14 (IDT)

    "That same useless Iraqi army beat the Iranian army earlier." - Kiki "No it did not. Iraq`s bid to annex Iran`s oil fields failed totally. Iran won the war." ML. Come off it ML. Iraq may not have achieved its war aims but that does not constitute a victory for Iran in anyone's understanding of the word. Four major battles were fought from April to August 1988, in which the Iraqis routed or defeated the Iranians. Iraq recaptured the Al-Faw peninsula, the Iraqis launched successful attacks on Iranian forces in the Fish Lake and Shalamjah areas near Al-Basrah and recaptured the oil-rich Majnun Islands. Farther to the north, in the last major engagement before the August 1988 cease-fire, Iraqi armoured and mechanized forces penetrated deep into Iran, defeating Iranian forces and capturing huge amounts of armour and artillery. In the fall of 1988, the Iraqis displayed in Baghdad captured Iranian weapons amounting to more than three-quarters of the Iranian armour inventory and almost half of its artillery pieces and armoured personnel carriers. Iraq suffered an estimated 375,000 casualties, Iran's losses may have included more than 1 million people killed or maimed. Although Iraq won the war militarily, and possessed a significant military advantage over Iran in 1989, the 1991 Persian Gulf War reduced Iraq's capabilities to a point where a rough parity existed between Iran and Iraq-conditions similar to those found in 1980. If this was a victory for Iran the it was a pyrrhic victory par excellence.

    from the article: Will Bush make Iran the only superpower?
    First published 00:00 25.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 25.08.06
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