Sheikh Said rebellion

Kurdish rebellion following the abolition of the Caliphate

Belligerents :Turkey Azadî
Sheikh SaidCommanders and leaders Mustafa Kemal Pasha
Kâzım Pasha (Third Army)
Mürsel Pasha (VII Corps)
Naci Pasha (V Corps) Sheikh Said:
Halid Beg Cibran:Strength February–March:
25,000 men (fewer than 12,000 are armed troops; the rest are unarmed logistical troops)
April:
52,000 men (25,000 are armed troops) 15,000 menCasualties and losses Total:15,000–20,000 killed

The Sheikh Said Rebellion (Kurdish: Serhildana Şêx Seîd‎, Turkish: Şeyh Said İsyanı) or Genç Incident (Turkish: Genç Hâdisesi) was a Kurdish nationalist rebellion led by Sheikh Said aimed at reviving an Islamic caliphate.

It was led by Sheikh Said and members of the Azadî organization led by Halid Beg Cibran.

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Background

In Turkey there existed a strong anti-Kurdish policy in the first years of the Turkish Republic. Mustafa Kemal Pasha, in his speech in Eskisehir on 14 January 1923 about the Mosul-Kirkuk area also addressed the Kurdish issue and said: ‘'the second issue is the problem of Kurdishness. The British wanted to establish a Kurdish state there (in northern Iraq). If they do, this thought spreads to the Kurds within our borders. To prevent this, we need to cross the border South.'’ During and after the negotiations of the Treaty of Lausanne, the British spokesmen made remarks about this. In the report he sent to ...read more

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