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Today in World War II History—May 2, 1941

RAF airfield at Habbaniya, Iraq, 1941 (British Army photo)

RAF airfield at Habbaniya, Iraq, 1941 (British Army photo)

80 Years Ago—May 2, 1941: British and Indian troops secure Basra, Iraq, from pro-Axis Iraqi forces.

Iraqis shell RAF airfield at Habbaniya, and British start air strikes against Iraqi forces near RAF Habbaniya.

Mufti Amin al-Husseini in Baghdad declares jihad to drive “British infidels” from Iraq & Palestine.

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