Yavuz Ottoman Sultan Selim, Conquerer of the new Shiite Persia

Yavuz Sultan Selim, B. 1465-D.1520. Selim the Grim, Conquerer of the new Shiite Persia, under Ismael al Safawi, at the battle of Chaldiron. Defeated Qansuah al-Ghori, the Mamluk Sultan at Marg-Dabiq north of Aleppo, occupying Syria in 1516, and a year later occupied Egypt and executated the last Mamluk Sultan Tuman Bey in 1517. Became the first Ottoman Khalif, with the title of Hami al Haramin Al-Sharifain (Protector of the two Holy cities; Mecca and Medina), a title reserved today by the kings of Saudi Arabia.

Turkish troops enter Alexandretta, Northern Syria on 8/22/1938

Alexandrette 8/22/1938 World Photo ” Alexandretta, NOTHERN SYRIA- the scene as Turkish troops marched into the Sanjak (district) of Alexandretta recently to assure joint control with France of the strategic east Mediterranean area. The occupation of the Turks was in fulfilment of a Franco-Turkish friendship treaty signed for joined arms control of the area pending elections to determine whether the area will become Turkish or remain a part of French Mandate”

First air attacks in history: Italy bombing Libya in 1911

Italian-Turkish War 1911, first war to employ aircraft in conflict ever, the two planes,”Etrich Traube” model (the Pigeon) used prior to WW1 to bomb Zanzur, south-west of Tripoli inaugurating the first air attack in a war in aviation history. Captain Monte was the first pilot to be attacked by rifle fire over Tobruk on Feb1,1912, he managed to land safely. Hundred years later NATO was to use another light aircraft, unmanned, the Drone, to win the battle in Libya. Click here to read More.