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The evolution of President Quwwatli's military objectives in Palestine is recorded in the diaries of Taha al-Hashimi.
Hashimi was an Iraqi pan-Arab nationalist and long-time intimate of Quwwatli, whom the Syrian president wanted to head the Liberation Army rather than General Safwat, Egypt ’ s candidate.
Hashimi was ultimately appointed Inspector General of the ALA and placed in charge of recruitment and training of the troops at the Qatana headquarters.
His office was in the Syrian Ministry of Defense and he met daily with Syria ’ s political and military leaders.
Hashimi records that in October 1947, shortly after the UN Special Committee on Palestine recommended partition as a solution and after Syria had failed to win either Saudi Arabia or Egypt over to the idea of an anti-Hashemite military alliance, Quwwatli explained: