2008 Kurdish Uprising
Date January 1, 2008 - January 18, 2008
Location Kurdistan
Result Major Kurd Victory
Flag of Kurdistan Kurdistan Iraq Iraq
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Kurdistan Massoud Barzan Iraq Nouri al-Maliki
50,000 armed fighters 20,000 troops
Casualties and losses
11,244 men 13,123 troops
13 armored vehicles
2 tanks (captured)
The 2008 Kurdish Uprising was an civil unrest and guriella war against the Iraqi government from January 1 to January 18, 2008. The uprising led to the establishment of Kurdistan, and the first major defeat of the Iraqi Army after the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. The uprising was between the Peshmerga Army that defends Iraqi Kurdistan, and the Iraqi Army. The uprising led to the Kurdish aquirement of two Iraqi M1A2 Abram MBT tanks, which helps deter aggression from Iraq or Iran.

The uprising was supported by NATO, the Russian Federation, and the United Nations. Iraq had the support of Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to help combat the Kurdish uprisers and keep the territory remaining in Iraq. Following its formation in 2008, Kurdistan was recongized by all UN Member states except Iran, Pakistan, North Korea, China, and Saudi Arabia.


  • 1 January 2008: Protests against the current Iraqi government erupts through Iraqi Kurdistan, with thousands of protests gathering Erbil and other major cities in Kurdistan. The protests targeted the current Iraqi government and their oppression of the Kurds.
  • 2 January 2008: The Iraqi Army was sent into Iraqi Kurdistan to help keep the protests down, but is unsuccessful, and more protestors gather in the streets. The number of Iraqi soldiers are out numbered by the amount of protesters and Peshmerga.
  • 7 January 2008: The protests soon escalate into riots after protesters sieze two Iraqi M1A2 Abrams, numerous vehicles, and thousands of firearms after the occupying Iraqi military is overrunned by protesters, or many joining the protest group.
  • 16 January 2008: The Peshmerga, now armed with new weapons and vehicles, begins their drive to Baghdad, and demand their freedom. The protesters riot in the streets of Baghdad, and demand for the independence of the Kurds before they reach Baghdad.
  • 18 January 2008: The Iraqi Government agrees to meet with Kurdish officials, and sign the Independence of Kurdistan. The independence is recongized by Iraq, and all captured military equipment now belongs to the people of Kurdistan.


In the aftermath of the uprising, Syria and Iran have both moved troops into Kurdistan to keep from a unified Kurdistan. This move has been condemned by Kurdistan and Israel, and led to the signing of the Kurdistan-Israeli Defense Pact.

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