‘General Salim Idriss has rejected his dismissal as military chief of the “rebel” Free Syrian Army, saying the whole chain of command needed a “total restructuring” – highlighting deep divisions in the opposition.Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reports (19 Feb 2014)’.
Earlier, the pan-Arab broadcaster reported that the “rebel Free Syrian Army has fired Salim Idriss as its military chief, calling him ‘ineffective’ and lacking in experience to lead military operations on the ground. In a video broadcast on the internet on Sunday [, 16 February 2014] , the rebel coalition said its military council had decided to replace Idriss with Brigadier General Abdel-ilah Albashir. Colonel Qassem Saadeddine said the decision was taken due to ‘the paralysis within the military command these past months’. A source inside the Syrian opposition told AFP news agency that Idriss, who was appointed to the role in December 2012, had faced criticism for failings on the battlefield. Al Jazeera‘s Omar Al Saleh, reporting from Istanbul, said the Supreme Military Council said Idriss was ‘ineffective’ and ‘lacked the military experience to run operations on the ground’. They also said he had bad relations with other rebel forces fighting on the ground”. The Fars News Agency, in turn, reports that ‘a FSA source on Wednesday [, 19 February] blamed the shortcomings of Idriss’ leadership on international backers of the war, which have mainly directed military aid to factions fighting on the ground rather than to Idriss’. And it turns, even, or should that be, particularly, in the deadly game of war, money makes or breaks a man . . .
 “Free Syrian Army fires military chief” Al Jazeera (18 Feb 2014). http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/02/free-syrian-army-fires-military-chief-201421742719901171.html.
 “Rifts Deepen; Syria Rebel Leaders Say Idris Removal was a ‘Coup’” FNA (20 Feb 2014). http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13921201000320.