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Syrian opposition appoints new military chief

AP, Monday 17 Feb 2014
Free Syrian army fighters hold their weapons as they stand on a military tank in Idlib province, Syria. ( photo:AP)
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The coalition of Syrian opposition groups in exile has appointed a new army chief, following a year of seeing their influence fade among fighters within Syria.

The Western-backed Syrian National Coalition said Monday that it was appointing Brigadier Abd al-Ilah al-Bashir to head the Free Syrian Army.

He replaces Gen. Salim Idris, seen as a secular-leaning moderate.

In a statement, the coalition said they hoped al-Bashir would strengthen the role of the FSA.

The switch comes after a series of so-far failed talks in Switzerland between officials loyal to President Bashar Assad and exiled opposition activists to try to resolve the three-year war.

It also comes after at least a year of the FSA losing influence to other, more hard-line rebel groups, including al-Qaida affiliates and spinoffs.

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