🎗️Abdul Qadir al-Saleh 🎗️was born in 1979 in the city of Marea in the northern countryside of Aleppo. Before the beginning of the revolution, his life was like any other Syrian citizen at the time. He worked in trade and ran a successful business importing and exporting goods.
In 2011, with the first spark of the Syrian revolution, he participated in demonstrations in his hometown of Marea. The regime immediately responded with unprecedented violence and cruelty, so, a few months later, many people were forced to take up arms to protect the population. Abdel Qadir al-Saleh was one of these people and from here he acquired the title of “Haji Mari” to cover up his real name. He formed his battalion in Marea, then a brigade that included all the fighters in the northern countryside of Aleppo, the “Tawhid Brigade” (Unity Brigade).
The Tawhid brigade contributed to liberating the entire lands of the northern countryside of Aleppo from the Syrian regime, and also securing the ground necessary for the start of the 2013 liberation battle in Aleppo. The Tawhid Brigade was also one of the few brigades that sent reinforcements to the Homs countryside, such as the city of Qusayr, when it was attacked by the regime and the terrorist group Hezbollah.
Abdel Qadir was known for rejecting Assad’s attempts at division and sectarianism and advocated the independence of the revolution from the interests of other countries. He pressed for the unification of the forces of the revolution under the same umbrella. Saleh also called on the civil opposition forces outside the country to join the liberated territories to help organize civilian life.
The charismatic but humble man who gathered people around him with his simplicity and moderation, was a source of concern for Assad’s regime. After multiple unsuccessful assassination attempts, Abdul Qadir al-Saleh was martyred in an air strike from Assad’s warplanes on the Infantry Academy in Aleppo in 2013.