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Abdul Haris Nasution
(3 December 1918 – 6 September 2000) was an Indonesian army general. Born into a
Muslim family in the
village of Hutapungkut, in what was then the
Dutch East Indies
, he studied teaching and enrolled at a military academy in
on 17 August 1945, Nasution joined the
war against the Dutch
, commanding the
guerrilla unit in
. After the country's internationally recognised independence in 1949, Nasution was appointed Chief of Staff of the army. He remained in post being suspended in 1952 following a failed
show of force
against the president. He was reappointed Chief of Staff in 1955. In 1965 there was a coup attempt by the
30 September Movement
. Natution's house was attacked, and his daughter killed, but he was able to escape by scaling a wall and hiding in the Iraqi ambassador's residence.
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