Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: August 5

On August 5, 1939, a Bedouin leader and Arab nationalist named Abdul el Sallah led a revolt in Damascus against the rule of the Ottoman Empire. El Sallah had obtained arms from both Great Britain and the Germanic Confederation by promising the leaders of each that he would award them exclusive petroleum concessions in Arabia after gaining independence from the Turks.