Wednesday, September 22, 2010
30 Years Ago
On this day 30 years ago Iraq launched a simultaneous invasion by air and land into Iranian territory.
Believing the Iranian Military was in disarray Saddam Hussein launched the invasion in an attempt to take control the oil rich Khūzestān region and to quell the Khoemini's Islamic Revolution from spreading to the Shia majority in Iraq.
Over 70,000 Iraqi soldiers entered Iran, they would not be pushed back until 1982 following the intense and bloody fighting at the town of Khorramshahr, the war would then pick up again as a large scale border war with an Iranian offensive, that eventually ended in a ceasefire in 1988 with a million people dead.