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Title: The Sheikh Said Rebellion
Subtitle: Its Impact on the Development of the Turkish Air Force
Author(s): OLSON, Robert
Journal: Journal of Kurdish Studies
Volume: 1 Date: 1995
The Sheikh Said rebellion is a fundamental factor in the development of modern Kurdish nationalism; it is also a fundamental development in modern Turkish nationalism. The suppression of Sheikh Said's rebellion dealt a severe blow to Kurdish nationalism in Turkey, Iran and Iraq. It contributed to squashing Kurdish nationalism in northwestern Iraq by Reza Khan and to British control and direction of Kurdish nationalism in northern Iraq. It should be pointed out here that the suppression of the Kurds in Iran after 1925 by Reza Khan was accomplished in part of the use of the nascent Iranian Air Force. In Iraq the Royal AIr Force (RAF) was, of course, instrumental in Great Britain's occupation of northern Iraq from 1918 to 1920: the latter date at which Britain became the mandatory power in Iraq.