Syrian opposition ends dispute over rebel chief’s dismissal

Rebel National Council President Ahmed al-Jarba (pictured) cited the “difficulties faced by the Syrian revolution” in its battle with the regime as the reason for sacking Idriss. (File photo: Reuters)

Syrian rebel commanders have reached a deal with their political leadership whereby FSA army chief General Salim Idriss will resign to be appointed as military advisor to President Ahmed al-Jarba, an Al Arabiya source revealed on Thursday.

According to the deal, rebel Defense Minister Asa’ad Mustafa and his deputies would abandon their posts as well.

The agreement came following disputes last month over a decision by President Jarba to dismiss General Idriss.

Flanked by several top field commanders of the FSA’s Supreme Military Council, Idriss appeared in a video on Feb. 19 to reject his dismissal.

He also lashed out at defense minister Mustafa who reportedly backed Idriss’ replacement.

Revolutionary difficulties

Jarba cited the “difficulties faced by the Syrian revolution” in its battle with the regime as the reason for sacking Idriss.

Meanwhile, unit commanders representing the relatively secular rebels in Syria’s five main battle zones also had denounced the decision to fire Idriss , accusing National Coalition leaders of exacerbating rebel divisions.

“[We] consider the dismissal of the head of the General Staff, General Selim Idriss, null and illegitimate,” Fateh Hassoun, FSA commander for central Syria, said in the video. He added Idriss’s backers would keep fighting under his command, Reuters reported.

“No group that is not present on the country’s soil has the right to take a crucial decision that does not represent the views of the forces working on the ground,” he said, reading from a statement.

Idriss had been voted in by military councils on the ground.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41
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