Nureddine al-Atasi, the future president of Syria in jail in 1953.

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Image Source: Bassel al-Atasi Archive

At the time, Nureddine al-Atasi was a student at the Faculty of Medicine at Damascus University. A ranking Baathist, he became president in February 1966 and stayed in power until Hafez al-Assad toppled and jailed him in November 1970.