Omar Fasha (Michael Lattas) was born in Croatia about 1810. He escaped from the military school at Thurn to Bosnia, where he became a Mohammedan. When his pupil Abdul-Medjid became Sultan of Turkey he was given high rank in the army, and in 1842 was named governor of Lebanon. Next year he rendered important service by putting down an insurrection in Albania, and in 1853 successfully defended Wallachia against the Russians, whom be also repulsed in 1855 at Eupatoria in the Crimea, where he was Turkish Commanderin-Chief. His last services were in Bosnia and Montenegro in 1861-62, and he died in 1871.