Suhail al-Hamoud is a fighter and anti-tank weapon operator in the Free Syrian Army (FSA). He was born in Al-Zhawiya mountain in Idlib in 1989. The revolution began while he was doing his military service, which is compulsory for all young Syrian men.
Suhail Al-Hamoud witnessed from the inside how the Syrian army was used by the regime to arrest, torture and massacre revolutionaries and civilians. Thus, he defected from the army and joined the Free Syrian Army to fight Assad’s tyranny.
He took part in many battles against regime forces between 2012 and 2017. His nickname “Abo Tow” (father of the TOW) was affectionately given to him by his fellow comrades due to his expertise in neutralizing over 130 enemy targets with TOW (anti-tank) missiles, including tanks and MiG fighters jets.
Suhail al-Hamoud was forced to leave the battlefield for a long period due to some problems with the group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS, former Jabhat al-Nusra) which he had fought against in battles, placing him at risk of retaliation by the group. He was eventually arrested by HTS due to his ongoing opposition to their presence in Idlib and subsequently released. In 2020, he went back to the frontlines in Idlib following the regime’s latest operation.
Suhail Abo Tow was injured several times while fighting against regime forces and survived numerous assassination attempts. Recently, he was wounded in an assassination attempt in March 2020. All of this never broke his will and he said that he is just waiting for his wounds to heal to go back to the frontline.