The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988, Paperback

The Iran-Iraq War 1980-1988 Paperback

Part of the Essential Histories series

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The Iran-Iraq War, which ended in August 1988, one month short of its eighth anniversary, was one of the longest, bloodiest and costliest third world armed conflicts in the 20th century.

This volume addresses the causes of the Iran-Iraq War, unpacking the objectives of the two belligerents and examining how far objectives were matched by strategy.

It assesses the war's military lessons regarding such key areas as strategy, tactics and escalation and in particular the use of non-conventional weapons.

Finally, it examines the utility of armed forces as an instrument of foreign policy.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages, 25 b&w and 25 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: Middle Eastern history
  • ISBN: 9781841763712



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Interesting overview of a very long and hard war. Would have enjoyed more detail in some places but the briefness is to be expected given the publication. Some interesting first hand accounts and interviews were provided (particularly the Kurdish survivor and 2 different Iranian 'Boy Soldiers'). An interesting thought was raised in the form of Iraq's use of gas on both military and civilian targets, the West didnt seem to mind all that much when it benefited them and their aims. I suppose they viewed the use of gas as the lesser evil when compared to radical Islam.

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