The coup d'etat of Salah Jadid on the front page of al-Ahram - February 23, 1966

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The coup, which toppled the Baath founders Michel Aflaq and Salah al-Bitar, led to the arrest of President Amin al-Hafez. Salah Jadid did not assume office, calling on the civilian Baathist Nur al-Din al-Atasi to become president and making his comrade-in-arms Hafez al-Assad Minister of Defense.