Syrian Rebel Leader Idriss in Turkey, Denies Fleeing

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The top military commander of the Western-backed Syrian opposition is in Turkey for talks with rebels, a spokesman said Thursday, denying reports that he had fled Syria.

The Wall Street Journal reported that General Selim Idriss, the head of the Free Syrian Army's Supreme Military Council, had been forced to flee after the rival Islamic Front overran key FSA bases near the border with Turkey.

But a spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition said Idriss was in Turkey holding talks with both FSA rebels and also the Islamic Front, which has emerged as the biggest Islamist rebel grouping in Syria.

"General Selim Idriss is in the south of Turkey on the border of Turkey and Syria," SNC spokesman Khaled Saleh told AFP in Istanbul.

The Islamic Front seized depots belonging to the Western-backed FSA near the Bab el-Hawa border crossing with Turkey at the weekend and then border post itself on Tuesday.

The advance prompted the United States and Britain to announced Wednesday the suspension of non-lethal aid to the moderate rebel forces in northern Syria.

Saleh dismissed the Wall Street Journal report that Idriss had flown to Qatar after fleeing to Turkey as "laughable".

"Yesterday (Wednesday) he was actually meeting with the Islamic Front," he said.

"General Idriss is still in contact with the FSA brigades that are on the ground, he's still in contact with the Islamic Front".

The Islamic Front was formed last month when six groups merged and pledged to work towards forming an Islamic state. It has rejected the authority of the FSA.

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Thumb _mowaten_ 12 December 2013, 16:10

hahahahah then come back to the other side of the border

Thumb EagleDawn 12 December 2013, 16:33

heckle and jeckle!

Thumb LebCynic 12 December 2013, 17:18

He has soooo coward his way out of Syria.

Thumb BeautifulMind 12 December 2013, 17:29

@ anonymetexasusa,
Do you follow the Saudi Sheikh who declares as Satan to have women and men working under the same roof? "Shittan is the one ask women to go to work."
If yes, do you have any new Fatwa for Syrian who believe in Santa-Clause? It happened that the Baath culture allow decoration all over the government buildings for Christmas -- Evil Baath!!

Thumb ado.australia 13 December 2013, 17:26

Anonymetexasusa... The Syrians didn't knock out the christains in Lebanon... It was us Lebanese christains that fought each other after sheik Bashir Gemayel's assissination that doomed christain control of Lebanon. Christains were not a minority after the 50s but they were not 6-5 majority with the christain president holding all power! The Palestinians and the usa's henry kissinger's plan to give the Palestinians Lebanon and relocate the christains to Canada was also a major factor (which is fact)!

Big john, the syrian regime didn't come to Lebanon to save the christain right... They came at any excuse becoz Afez Assad's Ba'ath and the previous sunni Syrian regimes have always believed that Lebanon is the 16th Provence of Syria! Not bashar Assad has announced that Lebanon is independent and open a Syrian embassy for the 1st time in the republic of lebans history!

Thumb cedre 12 December 2013, 17:49

1- he is not the rebel leaders, he's 1 rebel leader.
2- he's based in turkey, but his family is in qatar.

Thumb ex-fpm 13 December 2013, 07:10

LOL.... it is so obvious it is not even funny! They come out at night :)

Thumb falanges 13 December 2013, 07:10

because they are NOT Lebanese. and everytime i comment and show proof my comments get deleted. we have all their ip addresses and information

Thumb ex-fpm 13 December 2013, 07:46

If you look to the right of the page, you will see "top rated" comments. Look who it is.....! Mowaten gets 21 votes for saying "Bhahahaha" and Southern get 16 for making a spelling correction:) Flamethrower and beautifulmind are way up there too. Laughable indeed!

Thumb sophia_angle 13 December 2013, 10:15

its time not make a deal with the regime if he was clever or he will stay in turkey all his life

Thumb Maxx 13 December 2013, 15:54

Idriss accused of fleeing. Meanwhile, in the secret underground hideout of Hasan Nasb Allah...