King of Syria

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King of Syria
Former Monarchy
Royal Standard of the King of Syria (1920).svg
Royal Standard
1307109799 king-faisal-i-of-iraq-kopiya.jpg
Faisal I
First monarchFaisal I
Last monarchFaisal I
StyleHis Majesty
Official residenceDamascus, Syria
Monarchy began8 March 1920
Monarchy ended24 July 1920
 
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King of Syria
Former Monarchy
Royal Standard of the King of Syria (1920).svg
Royal Standard
1307109799 king-faisal-i-of-iraq-kopiya.jpg
Faisal I
First monarchFaisal I
Last monarchFaisal I
StyleHis Majesty
Official residenceDamascus, Syria
Monarchy began8 March 1920
Monarchy ended24 July 1920
Military band parade in Aleppo on March 8, 1920, following the coronation of King Faisal I as King of Syria.

The King of Syria, was the title briefly used following the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of World War I. Faysal ibn Husayn of the House of Hashim was proclaimed King of Greater Syria on 8 March 1920 in Damascus, following the Arab revolt against the Ottomans of 1916–1918.

His accession was not recognized by France or the United Kingdom, the two new imperial powers in the region, and on 23 July 1920 the French moved 9000 troops towards Damascus resulting in the Battle of Maysalun. Faisal was expelled from Syria on 25 July and took exile in the United Kingdom. On 10 August, the Treaty of Sèvres divided the region into League of Nations mandates governed by France and the United Kingdom. Following mass revolts in Mesopotamia, the British government decided to step back from direct administration and create a monarchy to head Iraq while they maintained the mandate. Faisal agreed to become King following a referendum showing 96% in favour, and on 23 August 1921, Faisal was crowned King of Iraq.

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