Free Syrian Army ( FSA) sources told al Okaz newspaper in remarks published on Saturday that the rebels opened two new fronts in Qalamoun against the regime forces and the Hezbollah militia which forced the regime forces for retreat. The sources claimed that the rebels inflicted heavy losses on Hezbollah. Over 200 were reportedly […]
Salim Idriss says he rejects sacking from Free Syrian Army by political wing, as commanders rally in his support.
Citing "difficulties faced by the Syrian revolution," the FSA replaces Selim Idriss with Abdel Al-Ilah al-Bachir.
The Free Syrian Army said Sunday it had sacked Selim Idriss as its military chief, citing the “difficulties faced by the Syrian revolution” in its battle with the regime. In a video broadcast on the Internet, the rebel coalition said its military council had decided to replace Idriss with General Abdel al-Ilah al-Bachir ( L). […]
Turkish fighter jets destroyed a convoy belonging to Al Qaeda-linked militants fighting inside Syria, the armed forces confirmed on Wednesday. Small arms fire struck a Turkish military outpost late Tuesday as the Free Syrian Army battled Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters, Al Jazeera said, citing Turkish media. The Turkish F-16s destroyed […]
You may have heard about how the Free Syrian Army hacked some of CNN’s social media accounts and blogs last week. In Mashable reporter Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai‘s piece on the attack, he actually gets to interview the hackers themselves. Show More Summary
Beirut, Lebanon—In exclusive comments to Asharq Al-Awsat, Free Syrian Army (FSA) chief Gen. Salim Idris played down hopes of the Syrian rebels unifying their ranks in the near future, dismissing the formation of a Free National Army as a “pipe dream” and confirming that the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) […]
Beirut, Lebanon – The Istanbul-based Syrian interim government is moving towards forming a “Free National Army” to continue the fight against both extremist Islamist rebel groups and forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad, according to a senior Syrian opposition official. Show More Summary
Infighting between Syrian rebels threatened a hospital in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, a source said, forcing doctors to hide patients as clashes flared between Islamists and members of the Free Syrian Army. Read more here...
The head of the rebel Free Syrian Army, once the country’s strongest armed opposition force but now increasingly marginalised, said Friday he is working to unify rebel ranks. “The Supreme Military Council (of the FSA) reassures everyone that it is working… with the aim to prevent division (in rebel ranks), to unify ranks and to [...]
Google has released its annual Zeitgeist video, and this year's packs in everything from Pope Francis to the Free Syrian Army. The video is not simply a collection of what Google deemed most important in 2013, but is a compilation of some of the year's top searches in the United States. Show More Summary
Heavy snow hit the Middle East last week, leading to snowmen in front of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock and snowball fights among Free Syrian army fighters. And in Jordan, King Abdullah II took the opportunity to do his people some good and help them move cars stuck in snow. Show More Summary
Iraqis loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr, the well-known anti-American Shiite cleric, are fighting in Syria in support of the Assad regime, according to the opposition. Maj. Maher al-Naimi, a spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army, told the Arabic newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat: “There are armed groups coming to Syria to support the regime’s army. This was [...]
As was reported several days ago, the latest embarrassment for US foreign policy in Syria took place when the US-backed commander of the Free Syrian Army was forced to flee the country to Qatar after "Islamist fighters ran the top Western-backed...Show More Summary
On Syria: “The U.S. gave us the impression that they were going to do things in Syria that they finally didn’t. The aid they’re giving to the Free Syrian Army is irrelevant. Now they say they’re going to stop the aid: OK, stop it. It’s not doing anything anyway.” The Israeli prime minister? Sen. John […]
DUBAI — A year ago, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) created what it called a “Supreme Military Council” under Gen. Salim Idriss to coordinate operations by moderate rebel groups. This week, that structure was rocked as the group’s U.S.-supplied warehouse in northern Syria was overrun by rebels from a rival Islamist faction — triggering a […]
(By Juan Cole) The United States and the United Kingdom have suspended aid to the Syrian National Council and its Free Syrian Army, headed by Gen. Salim Idriss, after FSA warehouses of…
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is concerned about troubles facing Syria's Western-backed opposition but it will keep supporting Free Syrian Army leader General Salim Idris and the moderate opposition, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said o...
Well, they really had already -- but now the center cannot hold, either. The leader of the Free Syrian Army, the Western-backed military coalition in the country, has fled Syria, taking refuge in Qatar's capital. General Salim Idriss,...Show More Summary
The top Western-backed rebel commander in Syria has fled the country amid growing infighting with Islamist rebels, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Gen. Salim Idris of the Free Syrian Army fled into Turkey and flew to Doha, Qatar on Sunday...Show More Summary