Karakol society

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Some members of Karakol society

The Karakol society (Turkish: Karakol Cemiyeti), also known as the Sentinel Association, was a secret society within the Istanbul government of the Ottoman Empire during the Allied Occupation of Istanbul, whose purpose was to assist the efforts of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and his republican nationalist forces from within the Allied-controlled government during the 1919–23 Turkish War of Independence.[1]

After the 1918 Armistice of Mudros, Ottoman officers founded several secret organizations in Istanbul. The aim of these organizations was to provide the Turkish nationalist revolution against the occupying Allied forces (and the collaborationist Ottoman monarchist government) with loyal officers, weapons, and armaments, most of which was stolen from Ottoman Army warehouses (also under the control of Allied forces during the occupation).

The activities of the intelligence unit came to an end when its members were arrested following the formal occupation of Istanbul on March 16, 1920.[2]

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