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Who was Saltuk Alp?

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      During the early era of the Ottoman Empire, there were a few heroic warriors who contributed significantly to the establishment of the state. These heroes were the closest confidants of Ertugrul and Osman Ghazi, and would later serve as the great military commanders, local governors, and administrators of the Ottoman Beylic. And even later on, their sons and grandsons would reach preeminence in the Ottoman administration and army.   Among these early Ottoman Ghazis was a warrior named Saltuk Alp.  Saltuk Alp     Saltuk Alp was one of Ertugrul Ghazi's greatest comrades. It is known that Osman Ghazi especially trusted him during his reign. In fact, in Asikpasaoglu's works, he writes that Osman Ghazi sent Saltuk Alp as a companion in Orhan ghazi's first expeditions.     When Osman went on an expedition to the Sakarya Valley, he assigned Kose Mihal and Saltuk Alp to assist his son Orhan Ghazi in ensuring the security of the region. The Cavdarlu Tatars, who really wanted t

Baycu Noyan and the Fall of the Seljuqs

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     Seljuqs: the great, powerful dynasty of Qiniq-Oguz Turkic descent, that emerged during 10th century, led by Sultan Tughril Beg.  After the victory of the Battle of Malazgirt his nephew, Alp Arslan would extend this empire, which was based in Central Asia, to Anatolia. However, after two centuries of rulership, their power would slowly diminish. The huge Mongol Empire, which was rapidly gaining power, would send the Seljuqs a nightmare: Baycu Noyan. The man who spread terror through all of Persia, Syria, Egypt, Bukhara, Iraq, and Anatolia. In this article, we will explain in detail; the attacks of Baycu Noyan, the end of the Seljuqs, and the struggle of the Ghazis.      Mongol Commander Baycu Noyan    Baycu Noyan belonged to the Besut tribe of the Mongols; which in turn, meant he had grown up in an environment that was surrounded by warrior-like nomads. Baycu was a relative of Jebe, who was one of Genghis Khan's most prominent commanders. Furthermore, his father was the command