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Battle of Dezful
Part of Iran–Iraq War
Dezful is located in Iran
Dezful
Location of the city of Dezful, Iran
Date Early January 1981
Location Dezful, southwest Iran
Result Iraqi victory; Iranians forced to flee
Territorial
changes
Iraq occupies Dezful
Belligerents
 Iraq  Iran
Strength
65,000-80,000 ~30,000

The Battle of Dezful, fought in early January 1981, was a major battle of the Iran-Iraq War.

Three small Iranian armored regiments advanced towards Iraqi forces who had invaded Iranian territory between the towns of Ahwaz and Susangerd. The Iraqi forces were alerted to this movement and feigned a withdrawal. The Iraqis formed three armored regiments into a three-sided box ambush. The Iranians blundered into the ambush and the two tank forces battled for four days in a sea of mud. The Iranians withdrew, leaving many tanks stuck in the mud, or, because of logistical misplanning, out of fuel and ammunition. The condition of the terrain prevented a clean break from the battle and did not allow the Iraqi forces to pursue what was left of the Iranians en force.

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