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Abdullah I (Abdullah ibn Hussein, Abdullah bin al-Husayn)

Born: 1882 AD
Died: 1951 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: Jordanian
Categories: King


1882 - Born in the family of Hashemite Husayn Ibn Ali.

1918 - He moved his forces from Hejaz towards Syria to liberate Syria and dislodge the French from

                 Damascus, where his brother was proclaimed King.

1923 - He embarked on negotiations with the British to gain independence, resulting in the announcement

                of the Emirate of Trans-Jordan’s independence on the 25th of May.

1946 - He expressed interest in ruling over the Arab parts of Palestine.

1948 - He was pressured by the neighboring Arab states into joining them in an "all-Arab military intervention"

                 against the newly created State of Israel.

1951 - While visiting Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, he was shot dead by Mustapha Shukri Usho, "a Palestinian

                  from the Husseini clan."


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