Posted by Alex on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
Posted by Alex
State Department photo of Faisal II, the young Hashemite King of Iraq with his maternal uncle the Regent Prince Abdul Ilah (a British ally) touring San Fransisco's China Town in 1952. The Hashemite Monarch might have been considered by the British as a possible King of their proposed Greater Syria & Iraq. This idea was also promoted by Nuri Al-Said, the strong prime minister of Iraq at the time who was also very close to Britain.
Syrian President Shukri Quatli (right) at the Damascus Mezze Airport in 1948 awaiting the arrival of Iraq's Regent Prince Abdul Ilah. On the left, Syria's Chief of Staff General Hosni Al-Zaim, who led an American sponsored coup d'etat against Quatli few months after this photo was taken (March 30th 1949). This was the first of a series of coups in the late forties and early to mid fifties. Syria was a democracy before this first coup.
At Alexandria airport to attend an Arab meeting on Palestine. Riyad Al-Sulh, prime minister of Lebanon (white suit and Fez), accompanied by Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem who used to reside in Beirut. The Mufti was at the time the principal Palestinian resistence leader. Prime minister Al-Sulh may have been involved in Britain's plans for the area, according to Meir Zamir's article.
At the funeral of the Syrian President Sheikh Taj Al-Din Al-Hussieni in Damascus/Syria Jan, 18, 1943. The photo shows the key politicians and foreign diplomats who played a major role in shaping the future states of Syria and Lebanon just prior to the Independence of both states. From right to left: Faiz Bey El-Khoury, foreign minister of Syria. Philip Bey Boulos, foreign minister of Lebanon. Jamil Bey Ulchi, Prime Minister of Syria. General Spears, British minister to Syria and Lebanon. Jean Helleu, French delegate [pro-temp], formerly the French ambassador to Turkey. Alfred Naccach, President of Lebanon. Sami Bey El-Solh, Prime minister of Lebanon. And last, the assistant Egyptian general consul.
General Spears played a major role in British plans for attempting to move Syria and Lebanon out of French mandate and into British influence.