Fakhri al-Barudi, an honorary officer in the Syrian Army - 1959

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Fakhri al-Barudi, one of the leading anti-French politicians in Syria, was an aggressive supporter of the Syrian Army after 1946. In 1949, he helped establish, and supervise, a Media Office for the Syrian Army and in 1956, launched an "Arms Week" that helped raise 25 million Syrian Pounds for the Army. In reward, President Shukri al-Quwatli named him an honorary officer in the Syrian Army.