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Battle of Yaqusa

Battle of Yaqusa
Part of the Muslim conquest of Syria
and the Arab–Byzantine Wars
Date July 30, 634[1]
Location Yaqusa near Lake Tiberias 150 km from Damascus[2]
Result Decisive Rashidun Caliphate victory
Belligerents
Byzantine (Roman) Empire Rashidun Caliphate
Commanders and leaders
Khalid ibn al-Walid

Defeat at the Battle of Ajnadayn , left Syria vulnerable to the Muslim invaders. Khalid decided to capture Damascus, the Byzantine stronghold. At Damascus, Thomas, son-in-law of Byzantine Emperor Heraclius, was in charge. Receiving the intelligence of Khalid's march towards Damascus he prepared the defences of Damascus. He wrote to Emperor Heraclius for reinforcement, who was at Emesa that time. Moreover, Thomas, in order to get more time to prepare for a siege, sent the armies to delay, or if possible, halt Khalid's march to Damascus. One such army was defeated at the Battle of Yaqusa(Also Known as Waqusa)[3] in mid-August 634 near Lake Tiberias 150 km from Damascus, an other army that halted the Muslim advance to Damascus was defeated in Battle of Maraj as Saffer on 19 August 634[4][5] Some early writers, including Tabari, appear to have confused this action at Yaqusa with the Battle of Yarmuk, which was fought in the same general area, and have given the year of Yarmuk as 13 Hijri, which is incorrect.[6]

References

  1. ^ Khalid Bin Al-Waleed Sword Of Allah by A.I. Akram Appendix Page 6
  2. ^ Khalid Bin Al-Waleed Sword Of Allah by A.I. Akram Appendix Page 6
  3. ^ Khalid Bin Al-Waleed Sword Of Allah by A.I. Akram Appendix Page 6
  4. ^ Abu Bakr and Military Expansion - Islamic Books
  5. ^ Battles of Byzantine by John Haldon
  6. ^ Khalid Bin Al-Waleed Sword Of Allah by A.I. Akram Appendix Page 6
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