In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, file photo, Gen. Salim Idris, who defected from the Syrian army in July, speaks during an interview in Antakya, Turkey. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky, File)
BEIRUT: A coalition of Syrian opposition groups has confirmed its choice for a new army chief after the former military leader refused to step down.
The Western-backed coalition's higher military council issued a statement Saturday confirming Brig. Gen. Abdul-Ilah al-Bashir was their new chief, replacing Gen. Salim Idris.
The military council originally made the announcement appointing al-Bashir on Feb. 17.
But two days later Idris rejected his dismissal, badly embarrassing the Western-backed coalition.
Then Idris, along with more than a dozen senior insurgent commanders severed ties with the political opposition-in-exile, further fragmenting the notoriously divided rebel movement.
Idris was ousted by colleagues who blamed him for the waning influence of the coalition-backed Free Syrian Army, as Islamic-orientated brigades grew in power.
Al-Bashir is a rebel commander from southern Syria.
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