On Thursday, the commander of “Qawat Al-Fahoud” (Cheetah Forces), Colonel ‘Ali Al-Hajji of ‘Ayn Al-Souda, Tartous, was confirmed to be killed-in-action after a mortar shell hit his camp at the town of Qarqour inside the Al-Ghaab Plains.
Colonel ‘Ali Al-Hajji was overlooking the battlefield at the town of Qarqour with his senior commander, Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan of “Qawat Al-Nimr” (Tiger Forces), when the Islamist rebel fighters of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” fired a multitude of mortar shells from their positions at the imperative town of Frikka to the north.
The mortar shells struck Colonel Al-Hajji’s camp, killing him and one of his officers; this shelling also wounded Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan, who was reportedly hospitalized for a concussion and multiple flesh wounds that he sustained on Thursday.
According to a military source, Colonel ‘Ali Al-Hajji was buried at his hometown in the Tartous Governorate – he was awarded numerous military decorations for his gallantry on the battlefield.
In early 2014, Colonel ‘Ali Al-Hajji was one of the two hundred soldiers to take part in the lifting of the Islamist siege on the Aleppo Central Prison; it was noted that the Colonel was among the first to enter the prison after leading his soldiers across the battlefield.
Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan – true to his nature – did not spend much time in the hospital, as he returned to the battlefield seven hours later in order to implement his contingency to recapture the town of Qarqour from the Islamist rebel fighters of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest).