General Adib al-Shishakli as a bearded officer in the first Arab-Israeli War of 1948

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Adib al-Shishakli served as a volunteer in the Army of Deliverance, commanded by Fawzi al-Qawiqji, in 1948. He then returned to his duties in the Syrian Army, as an official officer, and helped stage the coup that toppled Shukri al-Quwatli in 1949. He became president of Syria in 1953-1954. Source: Archive