British troops occupy Baghdad, Iraq after a two-year military campaign against the Ottoman Turks. The British military forces under General Frederick Stanley Maude are mostly from India and outnumbered the Turks significantly. Iraq is the first Ottoman province in the Middle East to come under British control in this theater of World War I.
General Maude is now Governor of Mesopotamia from Basra to Baghdad. He and the British Indian army are greeted enthusiastically by the residents of Baghdad. In a few days he will issue the Proclamation of Baghda, which states:
"Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators."