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The Gallipoli Defense

The Gallipoli Campaign, also known as the Dardanelles Campaign or the Battle of Gallipoli or the Battle of Çanakkale (Turkish: Çanakkale Savaşı), took place at the peninsula of Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire (now Gelibolu in modern day Turkey) between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916, during the First World War. A joint British and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Istanbul (then still referred to as ‘Constantinople’ by Western nations)and secure a sea route to Russia. The attempt failed, with heavy casualties on both sides. The campaign was considered one of the greatest victories of the Turks and was reflected on as a major failure by the Allies.

The Gallipoli campaign resonated profoundly among all nations involved. In Turkey, the battle is perceived as a defining moment in the history of the Turkish people—a final surge in the defence of the motherland as the aging Ottoman Empire was crumbling. The struggle laid the grounds for the Turkish War of Independence and the foundation of the Republic of Turkey eight years later under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, himself a commander at Gallipoli.

Some people spread a misconception that Mustafa Kemal attacked the western enemy forces because he wanted most of the Muslims to be killed. This is yet another blunder to spread or even think about it to be true.

I want to ask those people that did Muslims in past lead the battles against non-believers or to defend their soil because they wanted most Muslim mujahideen to be killed? Do Kashmiri freedom fighters fight against Indian oppressors because they want Muslims to be killed? In fact, Mustafa fought against the enemy to secure his country and secure millions of Muslim souls.

Following video shows how Mustafa fought against the western enemy forces.

(There is problem with audio of the clip but most of it is in Turkish)

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