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The Kuvâ-i İnzibâtiyye (Ottoman Turkish: قوا انضباطيّه‎, lit. 'Forces of Order'; Turkish: Hilafet Ordusu, lit. 'Caliphate Army') was an army established on 18 April 1920 by the imperial government of the Ottoman Empire in order to fight against the Turkish National Movement in the aftermath of World War I. It was commanded by Süleyman Şefik Pasha.

Kuvâ-i İnzibâtiyye
Officers of the Caliphate Army.jpg
Officers of the Caliphate Army
ActiveApril 18, 1920 – June 25, 1920
CountryOttoman Empire
AllegianceCaliph Mehmed VI
TypeField Army
Size7,000 (at peak)[1]
Nickname(s)Caliphate Army
EngagementsTurkish War of Independence
Süleyman Şefik Pasha
Anzavur Ahmed Bey


Sensing the situation, Sultan Mehmed VI charged his minister of war, Şevket Süleyman Pasha, with the establishment of an irregular force to exterminate the nationalists. Realizing he could no longer count on the title "Sultan" alone to influence the Turkish people, he considered it necessary to use the timeless and spiritual title of "Caliph" for the leader of the army - thus depicting Nationalists not only as the enemies of the Sultanate but also as the enemies of God. The British supported the Kuvâ-i İnzibâtiyye with the aim of enforcing British policy in the region and of stabilizing the remnants of the Ottoman Empire. Supported by the British, the Sultan began a propaganda war throughout the country. Relayed by imams and priests,[citation needed] he urged the Turks to take up arms against the Nationalists of General Kemal, presented as the enemies of God.


The defeat of the Army of the Caliph, a sign of the end of the influence of the sultan in Turkey, ended the civil war and heralded the beginning of the war of independence against the occupying nations.


  1. ^ Jowett, Philip (20 July 2015). Armies of the Greek-Turkish War 1919–22. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 45. Retrieved 17 September 2016 – via Google Books.