Early years::Abdallahi ibn Muhammad


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Early years Abdullah was born into the Ta'aisha Baqqara tribe in around 1846 and was trained and educated as a preacher and holy man.<ref name=EB></ref> He became a follower of Muhammed Ahmed "the Mahdi" around 1880<ref name=EB/> and was named Khalifa by the Mahdi in 1881, becoming one of his chief lieutenants.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} The other Kalifas were Ali wad Hilu and Muhammad Sharif.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} He was given command of a large part of the Mahdist army, and during the next four years led them in a series of victories over the Anglo-Egyptians.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} He fought at the Battle of El Obeid, where William Hicks's Anglo-Egyptian army was destroyed (November 5, 1883), and was one of the principal commanders at the siege of Khartoum, (February 1884 - January 26, 1885).{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}

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