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Leaders pay tribute to Gallipoli fallen on centenary

A picture of Captain Herbert Hunter from 7th Australian Infinity is seen on a wall at the Helles Memorial prior a memorial service marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Gallipoli in Canakkale, on April 24, 2015Turkey and the former World War I Commonwealth foes of the Ottoman Empire on Friday joined together to honour the tens of thousands killed at the Battle of Gallipoli 100 years ago in one of the most futile yet emblematic campaigns of the conflict. The ceremonies were being held the same day as centenary commemorations for the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire with several world leaders opting to attend the events in Yerevan instead as history cast a dark shadow. The Battle of Gallipoli ended with up to half a million casualties and achieved little. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a ceremony at the memorial for Ottoman troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula that the world needed a message of peace “more than ever” in the 21st century.

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