Top U.S.-Backed Rebel Commander Flees Syria

Growing infighting among rebel factions

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General Salim Idris speaks during a press conference at the EU Parliament in Brussels on March 6, 2013.

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 after Islamist rebel groups took over his headquarters and warehouses of U.S.-provided military gear along the border between Turkey and Syria, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The rise in northern Syria of the Islamic Front — a rebel alliance of groups that seek an Islamic state but insist they are not linked to al-Qaeda — prompted the U.S. and the U.K. to cut off supplies of non-lethal military aid to rebels in the region, officials said Wednesday.

The U.S. is calling for Idris to return even as it has begun direct talks with the Islamic Front to persuade some groups to join the Syria peace conference in Geneva on Jan. 22.

[WSJ]

8 comments
PaulBright
PaulBright

Dear American friends, our friends and enemies have not changed. In 1944 we fought our common enemies on the beaches of Normandy and back from Stalingrad to Berlin. The Volkswagen guns, the BMW bandits, the MAD Merkelite Fruhrer in the Mercedes, the AUDI Aggressors and the DEAD EVIL Porsche 9-11 Al Qaeda terrorists (who attacked New York on 9-11 from Hamburg) are still at it invading Ukraine last week, trying to recolonise Syria, right now, with Vichy (General Hollande) France and the Spanish Armada attacked our Falkland Islands and Gibraltar, just last week.

Great Britain, The Commonwealth, America, Russia and China have one common enemy which is the Unholy Roman Empire that killed Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and continues to menace our decent civilisation and confuse us from within. Visit the Normandy beaches, visit the German concentration camps, see for yourselves the horrors of the fascist EU austerity attacks. AND Never buy a Volkswagen or other NAZI type of car.

meddevguy
meddevguy

Our most disastrous foreign policy in memory once again fails to recognize that we have a fanatical enemy that is better organized than stupid "rebels", is far more powerful than the Nazi's in the 1930's, and is in every country where Islam is or is about to be dominant. And we just handed them the keys to nuclear weapons and a world-wide nuclear arms race.


The Iranians and Syrians are laughing at us for the wimps we are. Our friends no longer trust us. And China is supporting both sides so it can quickly pick up the pieces after the big boom and advance their economic and military dominance timetable by decades.


Yeah, let's talk some more and come to some "tentative agreements" tuned to votes back home.


9/11 was a warning. We started out paying attention with Homeland Security, then for the past five years have taken gigantic steps backward.

vetramon
vetramon

First the rats starts infighting. Then some rats fed by the infestator smell A RAT and the other Rats from the other side of these Rats see an opening ant start amassing their Rats to start giving the final blows to those Rats that are trying to flee so they can finally infest their supposed domain that is going to be a domain only for these Rats. But the master of the other Rats are threatening to cut off all the help that allows all the Rats to infest. But, the Rat that is fleeing is seeing the message in their Rat wall and flee to their Rat haven so they can start planning how to infest other domains with the help of their master. The Rats that are being left to infest, are not very fond of their master supplier, since their master supplier is fighting their species in other parts of the big domain, so these Rats are going to be supplied with more infestation by the friend of the Master and so the Master supplier can not be accused of supplying these Rats that he doesn't openly like by the other Masters in the domain of the Master. But Rats are Rats no matter what the Master says and their infestation is an infestation, and if the Rats multiply themselves, it is not their fault, it is the Master's, since he allows the infestation to spread, even if in the end, this Master won't be able to control this infestation even in his own  domain.

BobLoblar
BobLoblar

Uhoh, which side to we support now?

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Must not have been too Top if he fled  and the other side didn't.

vetramon
vetramon

@meddevguy  Nuclear race?  There was a nuclear race during the cold war and nothing happened. Hysteria won't solve anything. According to you, only your friends, or your supposed friends are allowed to develop nuclear energy, and all the others, BEWARE, they all want to destroy the American way of life. Go to a corner in your room and start sucking your thumb, rocking back and forth. Do you know what is one solution, a big one, DEVELOP A NEW WAY OF PRODUCING ENERGY AND YOU AND YOUR GOVERNMENT ARE GOING TO ABANDON THE MIDDLE EAST. THAT'S ALL.

meddevguy
meddevguy

@vetramon We have a new way of producing energy that give us instant energy independence. Fracking -- Go to the corner of your room and hug your tree. Actually Fracking will continue our very rapid trend toward reforestation of the United States -- Don't ya just hate those "Inconvenient Truths"?


Actually there is another non-fossil energy source that you mention -- nuclear -- oh forgot, that is another code word that means "we don't really want energy independence -- we just want a fanatical agenda". Only friends -- you have to have been living under a rock for 3,000 years to not understand that Iran is absolutely determined to recreate the Persian Empire with them at the center, only this time under Islam. They will announce a working weapon before our President is out of office in January of 2017. You were wondering why a fanatical dictatorship in the middle of oil-rich Mid East would risk anything for "energy"? That weapons-grade stuff is just to turn on lights and refrigerators -- No Really!


To be honest, I am a techie that would love nothing better than limitless clean energy from the Sun, tides, wind, falling water, cow emissions, -- anything -- but cutting off our current methods to try to bludgeon us into "temporary" energy submission is insane -- but does fit with an Administration that does not like or trust the American people and is determined to get us to do it "their way".


How's that for sucking my thumb??

vetramon
vetramon

@meddevguy @vetramon First of all, hysteric, Science belongs to the human species as a whole. The advances of Science should benefit everyone on the planet, therefore, there are not special beings that have the right to implicate for themselves only,  science and their advances for the species. Human beings, by their limited reasoning have tried, and keep on doing it, to fill the voids in their ignorance with fictitious beings that satisfy this ignorance. We have these beings in the USA, RUSSIA, ISRAEL and mostly everywhere in the world. This ignorance has not been an impediment for certain beings, mostly seculars, to keep on going against the wall put forward by these fanatical theists, and trying to discover the answers of this universe and therefore doing this, giving the rest of us the advances that we enjoy. But, sir, the dependence of the Empire and of the others potencies emerging, they still depend upon the main source of energy, OIL, which lies mainly in the middle east. This is why, the Empire, is still snooping around other people's lives just to justify their alliance with tyrants that possess this source of energy.

   According to what I read from your posts, the only thing, the absolute thing that moves you, is the fear of Iran, that according to your '' OPINION''; NOT FACTS, is trying to relive an Empire of long time ago. So what?  Isn't it, perhaps, the desire of every country of the world to be selfsecured in the boundaries of their lands? WHY DO YOU THINK THE USA SPIES EVEN ON ITS OWN CITIZENS?

  Finally,sir, I don't care if you are a techie, or another god, what I care is that man will have to realize that we are killing the planet, and one of the reasons we are killing it, is the cursed capitalist system. If you open your eyes you will see the result of the idea that everything is capable of augmenting Capital, even our health and demise.