Faruq al-Suri is the leader of the terrorist organization Hurras al-Din (HAD). Al-Suri is a veteran member of al-Qa’ida (AQ), having been active in the terrorist organization for decades. He was a senior paramilitary trainer with AQ senior leader Sayf al-Adl in Afghanistan in the 1990s, and trained fighters for AQ in Iraq from 2003 to 2005. Al-Suri was previously detained in Lebanon from 2009 to 2013, and afterwards became the military commander of al-Nusrah Front. He left the al-Nusrah Front in 2016.
On September 10, 2019, the Department of State designated al-Suri as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224.
Hurras al-Din is an al-Qa’ida-affiliated group that emerged in Syria in early 2018 after several factions broke away from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). HAD leadership, including al-Suri remains loyal to AQ and its leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.