Idriss, flanked by supporters, rejects his ouster as the head of the Free Syrian Army. Youtube grab
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Idriss was defiant, saying in a video where he was flanked by regional commanders that they would cut ties with the defense minister in the National Coalition-appointed "temporary government".In his video statement released Wednesday, Idriss called for a reformation of the council to make use of a broader spectrum of rebel groups and urged "revolutionary and military forces on the ground" to present a united front against Assad. In an online video posted late Tuesday, unit commanders representing relatively secular rebels in Syria's five main battle zones denounced the decision to fire Idriss and accused National Coalition leaders of exacerbating rebel divisions. "[We] consider the dismissal of the head of the General Staff, General Salim Idriss, null and illegitimate," Fateh Hassoun, FSA commander for central Syria, said in the video. He added Idriss' backers would keep fighting under his command.
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