Most people have heard of the Ottomans, but their opponents in today’s battle, the Aqquyunlu (“white sheep” in Turkish) tribal confederation, are considerably more obscure. They didn’t have a very long run as a major world power. But for a few decades in the second half of the 15th century, the Aqquyunlu controlled all of modern Iraq; parts of Anatolia, the Caucasus, and modern Syria; and southeast through modern Iran to roughly the modern border of Pakistan. They had a heck of a peak, is what I’m saying. And if they hadn’t picked a fight with the Ottomans they might have even gotten to stay there for a while.
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