Battle of Suq al Ghazi

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Battle of Suq al Ghazi
Part of the Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017), and
the Military intervention against ISIL
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An Iraqi Army tank in combat near Suq al Ghazi
Date15 September 2014
Suq al Ghazi, near Baghdad, Iraq
Result US/Iraqi victory
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Iraq Local Sunni Militias
Commanders and leaders
United States Barack Obama
France Francois Hollande
United Kingdom David Cameron
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
100 Iraqi soldiers 300 ISIL militants
Casualties and losses
5 Iraqi soldiers killed 23 fighters killed

The Battle of Suq al Ghazi took place on September 15, 2014.

The battle[edit]

On September 15, 2014, ISIL gunmen, accompanied by local jihadist militias, stormed an Iraqi military base. Not knowing what to do, the Iraqi soldiers made frantic calls for help. Inside the base, ISIL ordered the soldiers to get in a dozen trucks when they arrived. The ISIL fighters reportedly shot at civilians and anyone who tried to intervene before raising the ISIL Black Standard in place of the Iraqi Flag.

After receiving calls from help, and seeing that ISIL intended to capture Suq al Ghazi, US, UK and French drones arrived and fired at ISIL positions, killing multiple fighters. The remaining ISIL fighters fled, only to be engaged by Iraqi tanks.[1]

Iraqi tanks fired at the remaining fighters. US drones arrived and began bombing them as well.


ISIL permanently left Suq al Ghazi on September 16th 2014, making the battle the shortest one in the history of the conflict.


  1. ^ "U.S. Airstrikes Hit Targets Near Baghdad Held by ISIS". NYTIMES. Retrieved 16 September 2014.