Over the weekend, the prominent Tiger Forces commander Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan was promoted to the rank of “Major General” after refusing the promotion to become a Brigadier General last year.

Considered one of Syria’s most decorated military officers, Major General Suheil Al-Hassan became the youngest member of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to be promoted to the rank of Major General.

Major General Al-Hassan gained notoriety during his campaign to liberate the soldiers trapped at the Aleppo Central Prison – he and his soldiers lifted the 16 month siege before being deployed to the northern Hama countryside to recapture Halfaya, Souran, and Taybat Al-Imam near the Syrian Government stronghold of Mhardeh.

With his recent promotion, Major General Al-Hassan joins Major General Issam Zahreddine of the Syrian Arab Army’s 104th Airborne Brigade (Republican Guard) as having the wartime distinction of being honored with this title.

Born in the Syrian coastal city of Jableh (Latakia), Major General Al-Hassan became a career soldier in 1988 when he joined the Syrian Arab Army’s elite paratrooper division – he would later serve in Lebanon.

Currently, Major General Al-Hassan is commanding the Tiger Forces in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside, where they are attempting to seize the ISIS stronghold of Deir Hafer.

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