After Ottoman joined Central Powers, Persia joined the entente to use the great war to expand shia influence. When Ahmad shah qajar ordered the troops to march to baghdad. In response, Ottomans ordered to take tehran. However, Ottomans lost the war. "We were being treated like equals, but not out of respect. Out of fear. So, I left. I decided I no longer wanted to use my skills to aid in their violence. "