Iraq In 1948, 1967, 1973 Arab-Israeli Wars

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1948

Apr 20 Operation Hametz began with Jewish forces attacking Arab villages held by Iraqi

            volunteers in 1st Arab-Israeli War

 

Apr 29 Battle of Katamon begins between Jewish forces attacking Iraqi volunteers and

            Arab Legion

 

Apr 30 Jewish forces took Jaffa, and 7 other towns held by Iraqi volunteers in 1st Arab

            Israeli War

 

May 1 Iraqi volunteers defeated by Jewish forces in Battle of Katamon

May 1 Chiefs of Staffs of Arab countries met and came up with general plan for war with

Israel Each country had own objectives however meaning each fought separately

 

May 12 Iraqi air force deployed to Transjordan for Arab-Israeli War

 

May 14 Arab-Israeli War broke out Iraq sent forces to Palestine

 

May 15 Iraq Egypt Jordan Syria armies entered into Palestine to join in 1948 Arab-Israeli

War

May 15 Iraqi army attacked Kibbutz Gesher in northern Palestine

 

May 18 Iraqi air force bombed Israeli airfield

 

May 22 Iraqi army defeated in Battle of Gesher and retreated to West Bank

 

May 25 Iraqi forces took Geulim and reached Kfar Yona and Ein Vered

 

May 29 Battle of Jenin between Jewish and Iraqi forces started

 

Jun 1 Jewish forces attacked Iraqi positions in Jenin but were turned back

 

Jun 11 UN negotiated armistice in Arab-Israeli War

 

Jul 6 Iraqi air force attacked Israeli military base

 

Jul 15 Iraqi air force bombed Haifa and Israeli airfield

 

Jul 18 Iraqi air force ordered to find and destroy 3 Israeli B-17 bombers Couldn’t find them

but bombed Israeli airfield

 

Aug 28 Jews forbidden to work in banking or foreign currency transactions after creation

            of Israel

 

Oct 8 Export-import licenses for Jewish businesses forbidden after creation of Israel

 

Oct 19 All Jewish govt workers fired after creation of Israel

 

Dec 2 Baghdad told oil companies they should not employ Jews after creation of Israel

 

1967

Feb 24 Arif govt put military on alert for possible war vs Israel

 

Mar 24 Pres Arif ordered some units of the Iraqi military to be put on alert as tensions grew

between Israel and Egypt

 

May 17 Commander Iraqi air force put two squadrons on alert for deployment to Jordan in

anticipation of Arab-Israeli War

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May 30 Egypt’s Nasser and Jordan’s King Hussein called Pres Arif asking him to deploy

Iraqi forces to Jordan for war with Israel Arif agreed to send 1 armored div and 3 squadrons of jets

 

May 31 Jordan invited Iraqi army to deploy troops in its territory for war with Israel

 

Jun 1 Iraq Foreign Minister Pachachi met with US officials about growing tension with

            Israel before 1967 Arab-Israel War

Jun 1 Jordan allowed 2 Iraqi squadrons of jets to deploy to its territory before Arab-Israeli

War

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Jun 4 Iraqi pilots briefed on 2 Israeli airfields they were to attack Intel was poor mostly from

before 1948 Were told Egyptian-led war plan was to allow Israelis to attack first

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Jun 4 Iraqi army division set off to deploy to Jordan for Six Day War

Jun 4 Egypt told Iraq Arab forces would not attack first but wait for Israel to act

 

Jun 5 Israeli attacked Egypt starting Six Day War

Jun 5 Iraqi airplanes attacked Jezreel Valley and Afula Israel to little effect Hit Kfar Sirkin air

base destroying transports and breaking up Israeli paratrooper op Israelis and Jordanians claimed Jordanian planes carried out raid but its air force was not in war yet

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Jun 5 Israeli airplanes attacked H-3 airbase in Anbar Were intercepted by Iraqi planes Israelis

claimed they destroyed 12 Iraqi planes Iraq actually lost 6

 

Jun 6 Iraqi jets set off for Jenin and raid on Israeli air base Couldn’t find targets in Jenin and

attacked Israeli tank column instead Bombed Iraqi military installation by mistake because couldn’t find air base Another plane bombed a town because couldn’t find Israeli base 1 Iraqi bomber destroyed on way home crashing into Israeli base 2nd Iraqi wave bombed 2 towns because couldn’t find Israeli base

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Jun 6 Israel hit H-3 air base twice in Anbar Led to dog fight Israel claimed it destroyed 16-24

Iraqi planes Later said destroyed almost entire Iraqi air force Actually only 1 Iraqi plane destroyed when crashed

Jun 6 8th Iraqi Brigade tried to cross Damiya Bridge destroyed by Israeli air strike

 

Jun 7 Iraqi air force turned back Israeli attack upon H-3 air base in western Anbar Israelis

shot down 2 Iraqi planes Iraqis shot down 3 Israeli jets

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Jun 7 Iraq broke diplomatic relations with U.S. after defeat in Arab-Israeli War

 

Sep 6 Baath demonstration called for renewing war with Israel after Khartoum

resolution called for continued confrontation

 

1973

Oct 6 Yom Kippur Arab-Israeli War began Iraq would deploy forces to Syria

 

Oct 7 Iraq nationalized shares of US oil company and Shell in retaliation for West’s

            Support for Israel in 1973 Arab-Israeli War

 

Oct 12 Israeli 210th Div attacked Iraqi forces in Syria Destroyed 20 Iraqi tanks and forced

withdrawal Later in day Israeli and Iraqi tanks re-engaged forcing Israelis to withdraw 3rd engagement between Israelis and Iraqis forced Iraqis to withdraw

Oct 12 Israel sent in paratroops 250km into Syria to disrupt Iraqi reinforcements

            moving to front and stopped their advance

 

Oct 13 Continued fighting between Israeli and Iraqi forces in Syria

 

Oct 14 3rd day fighting between Israeli and Iraqi forces in Syria

 

Oct 15 Syrian-Jordanian-Iraqi offensive in southern Syria failed to achieve results

 

Oct 16 Iraqi, Syrian and Jordanian forces attacked Israeli positions during Arab-

            Israeli War but were turned back

 

Oct 23 Baghdad ordered its units home in 1973 Arab-Israeli War

 

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