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Originally posted by Trajan
reply to post by SLAYER69
Iran and Iraq fought to a standstill because Iran didn't want to counter invade Iraq.
Not a single Iranian soldier stepped foot in Iraq because they didn't want to or need to. If they had they would've suffered heavy casualties but would've driven through Saddam's heart.
Operation Karbala-5 was an offensive carried out by Iran in an effort to capture the Iraqi port city of Basra in early 1987. This battle, known for its extensive casualties and ferocious conditions, was the biggest battle of the war and proved to be the beginning of the end of the Iran-Iraq War. With the Iran-Iraq War in its seventh year, both sides were determined to break the stalemate. Iran’s target was the city of Basra, which was both a key port and vital oil
Operation Kheibar was an Iranian offensive in the Iran-Iraq War. This operation was part of the Battle of the Marshes. After the unsuccessful Operation Dawn V in southern Iraq, Iran opened a new front at the lakes of the Hawizeh Marshes. 250,000 Iranian men swept through the Iraqi desert and were met by a mechanized force that slaughtered them. Iran needed air-support but lacked spare parts for the American-made planes. This became a serious
Also, the Iraqi army was strangled by economic sanctions before the US launched its invasion in early 2003. The Iraqi Air Force didn't take to the skies and fight, and vast swathes of the Iraqi army didn't even take to the field. It was largely left to the Mujahadeen and paramilitary forces who fought the US.
Iran has spent the last 20 years arming itself for conflict and instilled a fanatical pride in their people
Iran isn't some army forced to fight for a dictator but they are a (largely) volunteer force armed with some pretty significant weaponry.
Iran is 12th on the world power rankings.. Iraq is 30th..
Iran is more powerful than a large amount of nuclear armed nations and they don't have 'The Bomb' which is pretty impressive.
If Iran was so easy to walk over, the US would've done it by now. They are bloody fanatical and willing to die for Mahdi..
Good luck trying to walk over them like you did Iraq (who still kept you bogged down for nearly a decade).