Monday, March 14, 2005
Canakkale Tourism Association chairman Ahmet Kasikci said he had heard one guide claim the trenches at Gallipoli still resound to the chants of "Allah! Allah!" Another guide reportedly claims the Battle of the Dardanelles, ranked as Turkey's greatest naval victory, was decided by Allah himself. "He said he struck down the British ships with his fists," said Turkish newspaper publisher Murat Kiray. "Others have claimed Allied soldiers disappeared into a green mist concocted by Muslim martyrs. It is all part of a wider agenda to promote Turkey's Islamic connections and play down the role of Ataturk."