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Operation Dawn V
Part of Iran–Iraq War
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Date Early 1984
Location Basra, Southeast Iraq
Result Strategically indecisive; tactical Iranian victory (Iran fails their objective but manages to make minor gains)
Iran makes (small) gains
 Iraq  Iran
2 Army Corps 500,000 soldiers
Casualties and losses
25,000 25,000

Begin 1984 Iran launched Operation Dawn V, also known as Operation Dawn 5 or Operatoin Valfajr-5 (Persian). The Goal of the offensive was to split the Iraqi 3rd Army Corps and 4th Army Corps near Basra. It was fought between the Pasdaran, Basij and the Iraqi Army. In the early phases,a force of an estimated 500,000 Pasdaran and Basij, using shallow boats or on foot, moved to within a few kilometers of the strategic Basra-Baghdad waterway. The Iranians lacked artillery, air support and armored protection, while the Iraqis were well equipped.[1] The armies inflicted 25,000 casualties on each other and the Iranians failed to achieve their objective. This operation was the biggest of the Dawn operations.


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