Chief-of-Staff Tawfiq Nizam al-Din with Colonel Ziad al-Atasi in the mid-1950s

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Image Source: Bassel al-Atasi Archive

Chief of Staff Tawfiq Nizam al-Din is standing to the left, next to Colonel Atasi, chief of Military Transportation at the Syrian Army. Atasi played a crucial role in the 1954 coup that toppled President Adib al-Shishakli. Standing to the right is a foreign military dignitary.