Following a meeting on February 16th in the southern town of Qazian in Turkey, the 30 member Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army introduced General Abd al-Ilah al-Bashir as the replacement to General Salim Edris as commander. Bashir was commander of the Free Syrian Army forces in Qonitareh and Golan before this promotion. In a video posted online the council stated the switch was made due to “problems facing the Syrian revolution”.
General Salim Edris, who left the Syrian Army on 20 August 2012, is 56 years old and has been the commander of the Free Syrian Army since September 2012. Edris is fluent in five languages and has a doctorate degree in radar electronics.
These changes are taking place while, according to Syrian Human Rights Organization: “The number of those killed in Syria has passed 140,000 people. Among them there are 7,000 children and 5,000 women. This report does not include the 180,000 people who have disappeared and are in Syrian regime’s prisons.”
The Free Syrian Army hopes to bring its fight with the criminal regime in Syria to new heights following these changes.