Abu Yahia al-Hamawi

Mohannad al-Masri (born 1981), known by the alias Abu Yahia al-Hamawi, was the third leader of the Salafist Ahrar al-Sham during the Syrian Civil War,[1] serving from 12 September 2015[2] until his term ended in November 2016.

Mohannad came from Qalaat al-Madiq, Hama, Syria. He trained as a civil engineer and studied at Tishreen University in Latakia city, where he was friends with Hadi Al Abdullah, later a journalist during the civil war. He was an activist and an inmate of the "Islamist wing" of the Syrian government’s main political prison in Sednaya from 2007 to 2011. He then became leader of the Osama bin Zeid Company, a militia based around his hometown of Qalaat al-Madiq, and then rose through the ranks to become leader of Ahrar al-Sham in September 2015.[1] His term as leader could have been extended,[3] but the Shura Council of Ahrar al-Sham appointed Ali al-Omar as leader in November 2016.[4]


  1. 1 2 Lund, Aron (12 September 2015). "Abu Yahia al-Hamawi, Ahrar al-Sham's New Leader". Syria Comment. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  2. Aron Lund on Twitter
  3. "Sources to Qasioun: Ahrar Alsham movement looking for new leader". Qasioun News. 10 November 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  4. El Deeb, Sarah (30 November 2016). "The Latest: Turkey says 2 soldiers missing in Syria". AP. Retrieved 30 November 2016.

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