Battle of Dilam

Battle of Dilam was a major battle of the Unification War between Rashidi and Saudi rebels. It occurred on 27 January 1903, in the town of Dilam south of Riyadh, the capital of the present day Saudi Arabia.

Battle of Dilam
Part of the Unification of Saudi Arabia

Location of Ad-Dilam, Saudi Arabia.
Date27 January 1903
Result Saudi victory
Emirate of Jabal Shammar Emirate of Nejd and Hasa
Commanders and leaders
Abdul-Aziz bin Mitab Abdulaziz Ibn Saud
4,000 3,500
Casualties and losses
250 160

A year after the Battle of Riyadh, Ibn Saud attempted to draw Rashidis away from Riyadh with a campaign of misinformation. When his plan succeeded, Saud deployed 1,000 fighters in Riyadh before leaving the city with another 3,500 to capture Dilam. The Rashidis followed Ibn Saud to Dilam in order to finish him off and regain control the town. During the battle, the Rashidis suffered 250 casualties and lost control of southern Nejd.


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