Abdul Qader Saleh

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Abdul Qader Saleh
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Native name
Arabic: عبد القادر صالح
Nickname(s)Haji Mare'
Mare', Syria
Died17 November 2013 (age 33–34)
Gaziantep, Turkey
Mare', Syria
Years of service2012–13
UnitAl-Tawhid Brigade
Battles/warsSyrian Civil War

Abdul Qader Saleh (Arabic: عبد القادر صالح, Abdul Qader Saleh; 1979 – 17 November 2013), also known as Haji Mare',[1] was one of the founding commanders of the al-Tawhid Brigade, an Islamist rebel group in the Syrian Civil War.[2][1]


Saleh was from the town of Mare' north of Aleppo, and originally worked as merchant. He was married and had five children.[3]

After taking part in the formation of the al-Tawhid Brigade in July 2012,[4] Saleh led the brigade and other rebel groups to capture half of Aleppo at the beginning of the Battle of Aleppo.[2] In November 2012, Saleh declared in two joint video statements with other rebel leaders in Aleppo that he and his militia believed that Sharia law should be the basis of all legislation in Syria, but that minorities should not be suppressed on this basis. He also criticised the official leadership-in-exile of the Syrian opposition, the Syrian National Coalition, saying that it should "increase the representation of revolutionary forces, and empower them within the Coalition’s apparatus and offices". His declarations were backed by the Aleppo Military Council, Ahrar al-Sham, the Conquest Brigade, the Free Men of Syria Brigade, the Ummah Brigade, and the Sultan Muhammad Brigade. Saleh's statements were seen by a regional expert as sign for the increasing radicalization and rise of Islamism among the Syrian rebels.[5]

A member of the Supreme Military Council, Saleh had survived at least two assassination attempts.[2] He died on 17 November 2013 in Gaziantep, Turkey, as a result of wounds sustained during an air raid on the Infantry Academy of al-Muslimiyah, north of Aleppo.[4][6]


  1. ^ a b Syrian rebel leader Abdelqader Saleh dead after air raid (The National), 18 November 2013
  2. ^ a b c Syrian rebel leader killed in Assad air strike (The Telegraph), 18 November 2013
  3. ^ عبد القادر الصالح, (Al Jazeera), 18 November 2013
  4. ^ a b Top Syrian rebel commander dies from wounds (Reuters), 18 November 2013
  5. ^ Aron Lund (4 December 2012). "Aleppo and the Battle for the Syrian Revolution's Soul". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  6. ^ Syrian rebel leader Abdul Qader Saleh dies of injuries sustained in airstrike (Washington Post), 18 November 2013