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|caption = General Yusuf al-'Azma 1883-1920
 
|caption = General Yusuf al-'Azma 1883-1920
|order = Minister of War and Chief of Staff
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|order = [[Cabinet of Syria|Minister of War and Chief of Staff]]
 
|term_start = 1918
 
|term_start = 1918
 
|term_end = 24 July 1920
 
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'''Yusuf al-'Azmah''' ({{lang-ar|يوسف العظمة}}, [[ALA-LC]]: ''Yūsuf al-‘Aẓmah''; 1883 – July 24, 1920) was the Syrian Minister of War and Chief of Staff under Prince (then King) Faisal (later to become [[Faisal I of Iraq]]) from 1918 to 1920.
 
'''Yusuf al-'Azmah''' ({{lang-ar|يوسف العظمة}}, [[ALA-LC]]: ''Yūsuf al-‘Aẓmah''; 1883 – July 24, 1920) was the Syrian Minister of War and Chief of Staff under Prince (then King) Faisal (later to become [[Faisal I of Iraq]]) from 1918 to 1920.
   
Al-'Azmah graduated from the [[Kara Harp Okulu|Ottoman Military Academy]] in Istanbul in 1906. He served as a General in the [[Ottoman Empire|Ottoman]] army, and led the Ottoman army in the Caucasus, before joining the [[Arab revolt]] against the Ottomans which gave Syria its independence in 1918.{{Citation needed|date=November 2014}}
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Al-'Azmah graduated from the [[Kara Harp Okulu|Ottoman Military Academy]] in Istanbul in 1906. He served as a General in the [[Ottoman Empire|Ottoman]] army, and led the Ottoman army in the Caucasus, before joining the [[Arab revolt]] against the Ottomans which gave Syria its independence in 1918.{{Citation needed|date=November 2013}}
   
The League of Nations having given the [[French Mandate of Syria]] as planned in the secret [[Sykes-Picot Agreement]] between the [[United Kingdom]] and France, the French General [[Henri Gouraud (soldier)|Gouraud]] issued an ultimatum to the Syrian government in 1920 to disband its troops and submit to French control. The government of Damascus submitted reluctantly to the French ultimatum and disbanded its troops. In spite of King Faisal's acceptance of France's ultimatum, Yusuf al-'Azmah refused to give in. He raised a small body of disbanded troops and civilians, poorly armed relative to the modern, well-equipped professional French Army. Although he had no illusions about the outcome of the battle, al-'Azmah wanted to make it clear that Syria would not surrender without fighting, in order to deny the French occupation any legitimacy.{{Citation needed|date=November 2014}}
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The League of Nations having given the [[French Mandate of Syria]] as planned in the secret [[Sykes-Picot Agreement]] between the [[United Kingdom]] and France, the French General [[Henri Gouraud (soldier)|Gouraud]] issued an ultimatum to the Syrian government in 1920 to disband its troops and submit to French control. The government of Damascus submitted reluctantly to the French ultimatum and disbanded its troops. In spite of King Faisal's acceptance of France's ultimatum, Yusuf al-'Azmah refused to give in. He raised a small body of disbanded troops and civilians, poorly armed relative to the modern, well-equipped professional French Army. Although he had no illusions about the outcome of the battle, al-'Azmah wanted to make it clear that Syria would not surrender without fighting, in order to deny the French occupation any legitimacy.{{Citation needed|date=November 2013}}
   
Certain of his own death{{Citation needed|date=November 2014}}, al-'Azmah left Damascus with his troops and headed for [[Maysalun]], some 12 miles to the west of Damascus, where he led a desperate and very unequal [[Battle of Maysalun|battle]] against the French army of General Gouraud on 24 July 1920. Al-'Azmah was killed in the fighting, and the French forces entered Damascus on 25 July 1920.
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Certain of his own death{{Citation needed|date=November 2013}}, al-'Azmah left Damascus with his troops and headed for [[Maysalun]], some 12 miles to the west of Damascus, where he led a desperate and very unequal [[Battle of Maysalun|battle]] against the French army of General Gouraud on 24 July 1920. Al-'Azmah was killed in the fighting, and the French forces entered Damascus on 25 July 1920.
   
 
For Syrians, Yusuf al-'Azmah is a national hero and an inspiration. His statue stands in a [[Yusuf al-Azma Square|major square]] in central Damascus, with streets and schools named in his honor in cities all over Syria.
 
For Syrians, Yusuf al-'Azmah is a national hero and an inspiration. His statue stands in a [[Yusuf al-Azma Square|major square]] in central Damascus, with streets and schools named in his honor in cities all over Syria.
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*Greater Syria
 
*Greater Syria
 
*[[Syrian nationalism]]
 
*[[Syrian nationalism]]
 
 
{{Wikipedia|Yusuf al-'Azma}}
 
{{Wikipedia|Yusuf al-'Azma}}
   

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