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Editor says, what if the ambush at Adrassos had turned into a military disaster? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 960,on this day the forces of the Hamdanid Emirate of Aleppo won a famous victory at the Battle of Andrassos.
Hamdanid Victory at AndrassosBy conducting a series of raids across Asia Minor, the emir Sayf al-Dawla had taken full advantage of the absence of much of the Byzantine army on campaign against the Emirate of Crete. But when General Leo Phokas the Younger returned, am ambush was organized in the mountain pass of the Taurus Mountains.
However due to a series of costly defeats in the previous years the increased confidence of the Hamdanid had been seriously underestimated and the ambush turned into an unmitigated disaster. Leo Phokas himself barely escaped with his life, and his army was annihilated.
Editor says, in authoring this post we have repurpose content from Wikipedia which reports ~ coming after a series of costly defeats in the previous years, this battle broke the power of the Hamdanid emirate for good. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.