Yusuf al Azma was the Syrian Minister of War and Chief of Staff under King Faisal. He served as a General in the Ottoman army before joining the Arab revolt against the Ottomans which gave Syria its independence in 1918. Following the Sykes-Picot Agreement, France gave Syria an ultimatum in 1920 to submit to French authority. In spite of King Faisal's acceptance, al-Azmah refused to give in. He lead a poorly armed force into battle at Maysalun and was killed in the battle.