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The Iran-Iraq War
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The Iran-Iraq War was personified by the determination and ambition of the key leaders, Saddam Hussein and Ayatollah Khomeini, and characterised by mass casualties, the repression of the civilian populations and chemical warfare. Fought with lucrative oil money, it left the belligerents with crippling debts. In this important reappraisal, Rob Johnson explores the major issues surrounding the war, offers a fresh analysis of the military aspects and assesses the far-reaching consequences for the wider world. It is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the ensuing conflicts in the reqion, including the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
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Preface List of Maps and Figures PART ONE: THE CAUSES AND CONTEXT OF THE CONFLICT Introduction Iran's Revolution and Iraq's Ambitions PART TWO: THE EARLY OPERATIONS The Iraqui Offensive of September 1980 and the Failure of Sadam's 'Limited War' Human Waves: Iran's Counter-Offensive and Operation Jerusalem, 1981-83 Escalation: Operations Wa al Fajr and Khaibar, 1984 Foreign Intervention, 1980-84 PART THREE: THE SEARCH FOR A DECISIVE RESULT Turning Point: Operations Badr and Fao, 1985-86 War of the Cities: Home Fronts, International Security and Insurgency PART FOUR: BREAKING THE IMPASSE The Tanker War, the Arms Trade and International Intervention, 1985-87 The Failure of Strategy: Iranian Offensives and Iraqi Counter-Offensives, 1987-88 Fuelling the Flames: Gulf Operations 1987-88 CONSEQUENCES AND CONCLUSIONS The Iran-Iraq War in Retrospect Notes Select Bibliography Index

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Well-balanced, detailed and very readable, providing undergraduates and others with a clear and sound analysis of the war.' - Charles Tripp, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK '...an excellent account...' - Asian Affairs

About the Author

ROB JOHNSON is Deputy Director of the Oxford Changing Character of War research programme and Lecturer in the History of War at Oxford University, UK. A former Army Officer, his previous publications include British Imperialisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003).

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'Well-balanced, detailed and very readable, providing undergraduates and others with a clear and sound analysis of the war.' - Charles Tripp, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK '...an excellent account...' - Asian Affairs

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