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Battle of Yarmouk (also: Yarmuq, Hieromyax): Over the next six days, the armies of the Eastern Roman-Byzantine Empire fight the Muslim forces of the Rashidun Caliphate along the Yarmouk River, located on the border between modern-day Syria and Jordan.

The result of these engagements is a total Muslim victory over the Eastern Roman Empire. This ends Roman rule in Syria and is an important early step in the Muslim advances into Christendom.

Following the Muslim capture of Damascus and Edessa, Byzantine emperor Heraclius organizes a large army which managed to take back control of those cities. However, Byzantine commander Baänes is soundly defeated by Muslim forces under Khalid ibn Walid in a battle in the valley of the Yarmuk River outside Damascus. This leaves all of Syria open to Arab domination.


The Battle of Yarmouk — Khalid Ibn Walid

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