Sensing the situation, Sultan Mehmed VI
charged his minister of war, Şevket Süleyman Paşa
, with the establishment of an irregular force to exterminate the nationalists. Realizing he could no longer count on the title "Sultan"
alone to influence the Turkish people, he considered it necessary to use the timeless and spiritual title of "Caliph
" for the leader of the army - thus depicting Nationalists
not only as the enemies of the Sultanate but also as the enemies of God. The British
supported the Kuvâ-i İnzibâtiyye with the aim of enforcing British policy in the region and of stabilizing the remnants of the Ottoman Empire. Supported by the British, the Sultan began a propaganda war throughout the country. Relayed by imams and priests,
he urged the Turks to take up arms against the Nationalists of General Kemal
, presented as the enemies of God.