Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948-1991

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University of Nebraska Press, 2002 - 698 pages
Kenneth M. Pollack, formerly a Persian Gulf military analyst at the CIA and Director for Persian Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council, describes and analyzes the military history of the six key Arab states—Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Syria—during the post–World War II era. He shows in detail how each Arab military grew and learned from its own experiences in response to the specific objectives set for it and within often constrained political, economic, and social circumstances. This first-ever overview of the modern Arab approach to warfare provides a better understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the Arab militaries, some of which are the United States’ most likely adversaries, and some of which are our most important allies.

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Contents

Understanding Modern Arab Military Effectiveness I
1
Israels Conquest of the Negev October 1948January 1949
20
Israeli Conquest of the Sinai October 1956
33
Battle of Abu Ageilah October 1956
35
Major Egyptian Operations in Yemen 196267
50
Israeli Conquest of the Sinai June 1967
65
Battle of Abu Ageilah June 1967
68
Egyptian Crossing of the Suez 6 October 1973
109
Final Battles of the Gulf War 2627 February 1991
253
IsraeliTransjordanian Battles for the West Bank 1948
275
Israels Conquest of the West Bank June 1967
301
Jordanian Operations 16 October 1973
347
Jordanian Operations 19 October 1973
349
Skirmish Sites between Egypt and Libya 1977
366
Libyan Operations in Uganda 1979
370
Important Locations in ChadLibya Fighting 198687
378

Egypts Offensive and Israels Attack 14 and 16 October 1973
115
Israeli Operations on the West Bank of the Suez 1724 October 1973
121
Io Iraqi Army Operations 1948
152
Major Battles of the First Kurdish War
160
Iraqi Attacks on 12 and 16 October 1973
170
Iraqi Attacks on 19 October 1973
172
Iraqi Invasion of Iran September 1980
188
Irans Counteroffensives 198182
197
First Battle of alBasrah July 1982
204
Iranian Offensives 198687
222
Iraqi Offensives 1988
226
Iraqi Divisions in the Kuwaiti Theater of Operations 24 February 1991
240
Initial Coalition Ground Attacks 2425 February 1991
250
Saudi Arabia
425
Battle of Ras alKhafji 2931 January 1991
437
Syrian Army Operations in 1948
451
Israeli Conquest of the Golan June 1967
466
Syrian Attack on the Golan October 1973
485
Israels Counterattack on the Golan October 1973
492
Israeli Counteroffensive into Syria October 1973
496
Second Syrian Offensive in Lebanon SeptemberOctober 1976
518
Israeli Invasion of Lebanon June 1982
535
Conclusions and Lessons
552
Selected Bibliography
655
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About the author (2002)

Kenneth M. Pollack is Olin Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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