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Battle of Al-Anbar

Battle of Al-Anbar
Part of Islamic conquest of Persia and
Campaigns of Khalid ibn al-Walid
Date 633 AD
Location Iraq
Result Muslim victory
Rashidun Caliphate Sasanian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Khalid ibn al-Walid Shirzad[1]
9,000 Unknown
Casualties and losses
Few Few

The Muslim Arab army was under the command of Khalid ibn al-Walid and the battle took place at Anbar which is located approximately 80 miles from the ancient city of Babylon. Khalid besieged the Sassanian Persians in the city fortress, which had strong walls. Scores of Muslim archers were used in the siege. The Persian governor, Shirzad, eventually surrendered and was allowed to retire.[1] The Battle of Al-Anbar is often remembered as the "Action of the Eye"[1] since Muslim archers used in the battle were told to aim at the "eyes" of the Persian garrison.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Annals of the Early Caliphate By William Muir, pg 85


  • A.I. Akram, The Sword of Allah: Khalid bin al-Waleed, His Life and Campaigns, Nat. Publishing. House, Rawalpindi (1970) ISBN 978-0-7101-0104-4.

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