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FSA Spokesman: Idriss Unsuccessful

Spokesman for the Free Syrian Army Fahad al-Masri has strongly criticised FSA Chief of General Staff Salim Idriss, calling his superior ‘‘unsuccessful and wretched.’’

Sun, 15 Dec 2013 01:40pm

Spokesman for the Free Syrian Army Fahad al-Masri

Fahad al-Masri, spokesman for the Free Syrian Army (FSA), has accused FSA Chief of General Staff Salim Idriss of being unsuccessful and wretched in an interview given to Alhurra television channel, further claiming that Idriss had not been able to best use the sufficient opportunities and weapons given to the FSA in their fight against the Syrian army loyal to President Bashar Assad. 

In his interview, al-Masri poured harsh words against the FSA Chief of General Staff, who Aydınlık Daily recently reported had fled to Qatar, with Al-Masri saying “First of all, I would like to make clear that I am the real spokesman of the FSA and the revolutionary forces. With Selim Idriss as chief, the FSA general staff had no interest in the FSA and other revolutionary forces. I had wanted to Selim Idriss to be here and say this to his face, but I shall say that the FSA general staff had possessed sufficient opportunities and weapons, however could not manage to take the necessary steps against the Syrian regime. Selim Idriss must explain to us what he did during the past year. This general command is not able to protect its own headquarters on the border with Turkey, how will it protect the Syrian people?”

With the FSA now fighting on two fronts, against both the Syrian army and fundamentalist Islamist terrorist jihadists groups such as the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front and ISIS, the FSA has found its position in the war in Syria under threat, so much so that it has declared that it may be ready to join forces with the Syrian army to fight fundamentalist Islamist terrorist jihadists who are bringing mayhem and bloodshed to the Syrian people.