World War One, Four years of bitter conflict. Known as the Great War. Or the war to end all wars. It’s grim trench warfare, with Europe, the main theater of war. But this was a war fought on many fronts. So there another story rarely told. Of huge importance during the war and of lasting significance. A story of troops who fought and died but who are often forgotten. And of an outcome that shaped the Middle East of today. This is World War One through Arab eyes. Malek Triki the Jerusalem writer and broadcaster takes us on a personal journey. His grandfather’s generation fought in the war, now Malek goes in search of what happened to these men. Who they were, and why their stories often died with them. In this episode, he tells the story of how thousands of Arabs were conscripted by the British and French in North Africa. Their treatment and mistreatment. How Muslims were forced to fight against Muslim. And of the vital role Arabs played at Gallipoli. In episode two, the Ottoman side of the story, the young Turks rise to power. Their alliance with Germany. Their tyranny in the Levant, and the seeds of Arab revolt. And in episode three, how the first world war ended four centuries of Ottoman rule. But drew the lines in the sand that would shape the Middle East for the next hundred years. In the second week of November 1914, the Ottoman Empire officially annonced it was joining Germany and it’s allies in the war. The grand mufti in Istanbul, also called the Muslims around the world to join a jihad. A struggle against Britain, Russia and France. [Praying] So Arabs were forced to fight on both sides. For the triple [name] European powers. And for the central powers, Germany, Austria, Hungry and the Ottomans. The grand muftis call an Ottoman entry set Muslims against each other and created a comple tension that rand throughout the war. To compete with the enemy, the British and French needed to draft in large numbers of troops from across their respective empires. Britain recruited over a million troops in Egypt in different roles across the four years of the war. And France conscripted over one hundred and seventy thousand men for Algeria and a further eighty thousand from [name] The French invasion of Morocco in 1911 had installed general [NAME] as colonial governor. At the start of the war, he prepared to ship thousands of men to Europe from Moroccan ports, including [Name].