Sunday, June 7, 2009


King of Jordan. The second son of Husein I, King of the Hejaz, he was recognized by the British in 1921 as Amir of Transjordan. Co-operating with the allies during World War II, he claimed the throne of Syria, thereby antagonizing Syria and Egypt. In 1946 Great Britain recognized his independence as ruler of the Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan. At the close of the Israel-Arab war in 1948, he incorporated most of what remained of Arab Palestine. This further angered his Arab enemies, and on July 20, 1951, he was killed by conspirator directed from Cairo.

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