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The Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) has sacked its leader after he fell out with the Saudi-supported head of the moderate opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, opposition sources said on Monday.A statement by the opposition National Coalition, which includes 15 members of the FSA, said news of Bashir's appointment came as a "relief".The announcement to remove Idriss, who had served in the Corps of Engineers of Assad's army, was made on Sunday after a Supreme Military Council meeting in Turkey attended by Asaad Mustafa, defence minister in a provisional government set up by the opposition last year, the sources said.A diplomat based in the Middle East said Bashir, Idriss' replacement, is a relative unknown who is unlikely to solve divisions within the FSA.Al-Qaeda-linked groups also emerged as a potent force on the ground, and several Islamist brigades broke off from the FSA, helping create the Islamic Rebel Front, which overshadowed the FSA militarily.
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