Student, Military College, Homs, Syria, 1954. Diploma, Academy K.E. Voroshilov, Moscow, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy in Military Science (honorary), Academy K.E. Voroshilov, Moscow, 1980.
Doctor of Philosophy in History Sciences, Institute of Military History, Moscow, 1990. Master of Science in Engineering, Armour Academy, Moscow, 1990. Doctor (honorary), Humanitarian Academy Soviet Armed Forces, 1992.
Teacher, Al-Qraiya School, Al-Suwayda, Syria, 1950-1952;Second lieutenant armour weaponry, Military Academy, Homs and elsewhere, Syria, 1954;advanced through grades to major general, General Staff, Damascus, Syria, 1968;chief, National Security Court, Homs, 1965;president emergency military court, Ministry of Defense, Damascus, 1966;deputy commander-in-chief, Ministry of Defense, Damascus, 1970;head, Ministry of Defense, Damascus, since 1972;head military party committee, general staff, Ministry of Defense, Damascus, since 1977;deputy minister, chief general staff, Ministry of Defense, Damascus, 1968;professor military science, General Staff Academy, 1993. Appointed deputy chief supreme council Syrian and Egyptian forces 1973 war, Cairo and Damascus, 1973. Member People's Assembly Syrian Parliamant, since 1971.
Deputy of commander-in-chief, deputy of prime minister Min. ofDef., since 1972. Founder Dar Tlass forRsch., Translation, and Public, 1983.
President Committee Geographic Encyclopedia. Member regional command Al-Baa'th Arab Socialist Party, Damascus, 1965, member politbureau, 1969, member People's Assembly, 1971, member central committee, 1980. Member Military Sciences Academy, United Syrian-Egyptian Political Leadership, Union Arab Writers, Arabic Language Academy Damascus, Russian Academy Natural Sciences (foreign).
Clubs: Photography Damacus.
Married Lamiaa Hasan Al-Jabiry, 1958. Children: Nahed, Firas, Manaf, Saria.