Syrian army soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad walk in Talet Alghaliya, after claiming to have regained control of the area February 17, 2014. (REUTERS/George Ourfalian)
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The rebel Free Syrian Army has sacked its leader after he fell out with the Saudi-supported head of the moderate opposition to President Bashar Assad, opposition sources said Monday.Bashir assumes leadership of a force trying to regain the initiative from rival and better-organized Islamist groups that have overshadowed it in fighting against Assad.A statement by the 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 Sunday after an SMC meeting in Turkey attended by Asaad Mustafa, defense minister in a provisional government set up by the opposition last year, the sources said.Mustafa, whose ties with Idriss have been tense, indicated last week to members of the provisional government he intended to resign.
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