Friday, October 30, 2015
This Day in History: Battle of the Iron Bridge (Oct 30)
With two forces totalling 40,000-50,000 soldiers between them, the battle claimed more than 10,000 lives, and waged on for days, maybe weeks, finally ending in a siege laid by the Muslim invaders against the city itself. Following this decisive victory, al-Walid moved his forces south, where he continued his victorious march, claiming most of north-western Syria with little difficulty. Ultimately, al-Walid would unify all of Arabia under one single political entity: the Caliphate. By the end of his career, al-Walid had achieved hero-like status in his community, due primarily to his military prowess, and earned the nickname "Sword of God". This was part of the reason for his dismissal, which seemed to be due in part to jealousy of a cousin of his; Umar. He lived his final years out in Emesa, dying just about 4 years after being dismissed from the military.