Battle of Vescera


The Battle of Vescera (modern Biskra in Algeria) was fought in 682 or 683 between the Berbers of King Caecilius and their Byzantine allies from the Exarchate of Carthage against an Umayyad Arab army under Uqba ibn Nafi (the founder of Kairouan).[1] Uqba ibn Nafi had led his men in an expedition across north Africa, eventually reaching the Atlantic Ocean and marching as far south as the Draa and Sous rivers. On his return, he was ambushed by the Berber-Byzantine coalition at Tehouda (Thabudeos) south Vescera, defeated, and killed. As a result of this crushing defeat, the Arabs were expelled from the area of modern Tunisia for a decade.[citation needed]

Battle of Vescera
Part of the Muslim conquest of North Africa
and the Arab–Byzantine Wars
Date682 CE
Location
Result Berber and Byzantine victory
Belligerents
Umayyad Caliphate Byzantine Empire,
Berbers
Commanders and leaders
Uqba ibn Nafi 
Abu al-Muhajir Dinar 
Caecilius

Citation


  1. McKenna, Amy (2011). The History of Northern Africa. Britannica Educational Publishing. p. 40. ISBN 1615303189.