Faisal I - the Egyptian treasury The reason why the British...

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Faisal I- During World War I, after an unsuccessful attack on the Ottoman Empire by the British in the Dardanelles, the British turned to the emir of Mecca for aid. Promising a kingdom of his own, Hussein iln Ali began a revolt against the Ottoman Empire in 1916 and his son Faisal I helped his father in this revolt. Faisal I helped the cause by leading the Arab army into Palestine and Syria. This invasion of these two areas helped the make the Ottomans lose World War 1. The reason why it helped the Ottomans lose World War 1 is because the attack on Palestine and Syria opened up the doorway for the British in Egypt. The British had been in Egypt since the construction of the Suez Canal in the latter part of the 19 th century. After the Egyptians defaulted on a loan to the British, the British swooped in and took control of
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Unformatted text preview: the Egyptian treasury. The reason why the British were so interested in Egypt defaulting on their loan is not because of the money, it was all because of the Suez Canal. Along with the French the control of the Suez Canal, guaranteed the two countries that they would be able to trade and communicate with their colonies in Asia weeks faster than before. This made Egypt at first a key spot for the British, but when World War 1 broke it became a even more important factor as it allowed the British to attack the Ottomans from the south. The British sent soldiers from all of their colonies to Egypt to aid in the massive war. After the defeat of the Ottomans, the British rewarded Faisal I by making him the king of Iraq in 1921. He reigned in Iraq until 1933....
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