web analytics
July 2, 2015 / 15 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Syrian Rebels ‘Frustrated’ as Obama Avoids War

The commander of the Free Syrian Army rebel group warns that Assad will continue to murder his own people.
Gen. Salim Idris

Gen. Salim Idris, commander of the Free Syrian Army rebel group, told PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill on Monday that he supports the U.S.-Russian brokered deal to eliminates Syria’s chemical weapons, but warned that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would still be able to freely exterminate his own people using conventional weapons.

Meanwhile, a U.N. report made public Monday confirmed the use of the deadly sarin gas near Damascus on Aug. 21, but didn’t say whether it was the regime or rebels who used it. (Read the full 38-page report.)



Here is the full interview transcript:

GWEN IFILL: One group that criticized the U.S.-Russia agreement is the Free Syrian Army. They have been fighting the Assad government for more than two years. I spoke earlier today to rebel leader General Salim Idris. He connected with us via Skype from inside Syria.

General, thank you for joining us.

I want to start by asking you for you reaction to this new U.S.-Russia-brokered deal that calls for the seizure and destruction of chemical weapons.

GEN. SALIM IDRIS, Free Syrian Army: Everything is very clear.

There is a war crime. There is a criminal regime. There is a murderer, a president. But other than — what is so-called Russian initiative, we think now that there is a very little chance for strikes.

What we can say, we, the Syrian people, on behalf of the Syrian people and on behalf of the revolutionary forces, that we are very frustrated because of what is going on and because the international community is not caring any more about the victims.

GWEN IFILL: President Obama said a few weeks ago that he would send arms to help you. Have you received those arms?

SALIM IDRIS: We are receiving now many kinds of support from our American friends.

But I can’t talk in media about — in detail about military support. You excuse me, please. You know this is very critical, and I can’t talk about it.

GWEN IFILL: General Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he didn’t think the side the U.S. has chosen is necessarily ready to promote their interest and ours. That’s the way he put it.

Do you feel like you’re ready now?

SALIM IDRIS: We are ready in the Free Syrian Army for everything.

And we appreciate and welcome any kind of help from our friends in the United States. Under our command, we have very well-organized brigades and battalions who are working and fighting for freedom, for democracy.

GWEN IFILL: There’s some concern, however, in the U.S. that some of the arms, if they were provided to the rebels, would end up in the hand of jihadis. What do you say to that?

SALIM IDRIS: We are ready in the Free Syrian Army to give you any kind of guarantee that you need to assure you that any kinds of weapons, ammunitions that you are going to deliver to us will be in the right hands, the hands of my officers, of my soldiers, of my fighters, who are really moderate, who are fighting for democracy, for freedom, who are against extremism.

And all other jihadi or extremist groups will not have any access to these kinds of support. And now we don’t share information with them. We don’t support them. We don’t give them ammunition and weapons.

GWEN IFILL: As you know, General, the U.S. has said they will not endorse direct military intervention in this civil war. That’s what the president has said. And I know some of your friends in Congress disagreed with that, but that’s the last thing that we heard from the president and from Secretary Kerry.

So what do you want to U.S. to do, given that limitation?

SALIM IDRIS: They can organize a no-fly zone over the country, with the support of the Western countries, with the support of the Security Council, especially now.

I think it is more easy after the report, after the last report. In the last report, there is a crime. They can help us doing strikes using long-distance rockets, using air force, and not directly to send fighters on the ground.

GWEN IFILL: But, General, as you know, the U.N. report doesn’t actually say the government is behind these attacks, which leads open the possibility, as some say, that your folks are behind them.

SALIM IDRIS: Oh, my God. Please.

Do you think that the FSA has ability to launch chemical materials? We said many, many times we don’t have chemical materials. And, as you know, Secretary Kerry say it very clearly that our friends in the United States, they know where that rocket launched from and where they landed and who gave the order. We know who gave the order.

We have evidence. And the international community, all of our friends in the international community, they know that the regime used that chemical material.

GWEN IFILL: I have one final question for you, sir. Do you think, given the report from the U.N. and the deal that was cut in Geneva, that you are any closer today to your goal of overthrowing Assad?

SALIM IDRIS: I think we are very close to throw out Bashar and to collapse the regime. And I have the hope to collapse the regime tomorrow.

We hope that our friends in the United States help us and our friends in Europe, because the Russians and the Iranians are helping the criminal regime.

GWEN IFILL: General Salim Idris, thank you.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “Syrian Rebels ‘Frustrated’ as Obama Avoids War”

  1. THE_GREMLIN says:

    I am an American citizen and I want to address a few issues that the President of the Syrian Rebel’s has raised. First I am so sorry that you are disappointed that our country did not attack the Syrian president and take out his regime. We do have a Constituation and we live by it. Our so called president is not God and does not speak for all of America. 90% of the American people are against attacking Syria and starting World War III. Our Congress does not back this attack either. Now here is what I see in the Muslim World? You hate America and all that we stand for but you, like the Muslim Brotherhood are always willing to take Billions of dollars, planes, tanks, weapons, or anything else that you can get for free then turn around and spit in our face. Then you continue to hate us and say go away and leave us alone. So my question is this: WHY SHOULD AMERICAN RISK STARTING WORLD WAR III FOR YOU. Ray Cunningham  an American Citizen

  2. Benjamin Fox says:

    Easy answer, they know as do others that obozo is one of them and they think he will join the war to give victory to them and if he does, there goes all the Christians that were left alone by Assad.

  3. Gen. Idris is a grat lier, what about killing the christians, attacking and destroying christian cities, the US should not to any circunstance get involed in the Syrian civil war, let them kill each other, the sunnies, shiites, hezbollah, al qaeda, muslims brotherhoods, jihadists, Iran, arab Gulf States, etc:.

  4. Yechiel Baum says:

    Obama does not want to avoid war. He just wants to avoid killing his own Moslem brethren. Notice his silence about the Islamists killing of the Egyptian Coptics?

  5. John Mathew says:

    Actually Mr.Putin saved Christians in Syria. Free Syrian Army is having the criminal jihadis and al-quaida groups raping killing ,innocent christians.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
investing-in-gold_4548807_lrg
What Sanctions? Iran Receives 13 Tons of Gold From S. Africa
Latest News Stories
investing-in-gold_4548807_lrg

Iran has already been able to free up some 20% of its frozen assets, around $19 billion. At best, that’s without doing anything, and at worse, that’s while continuing to rush towards a nuclear bomb.

ISIS in Egypt, according to an image it posted on social media.

Egypt attacks jihadists with F-16 warplanes. Israel closes borders to Gaza and Egypt.

Donald Trump could end up as a third-party candidate, like George Wallace. in 1968.

“The Donald” is in the number two spot, shared with Ben Carson, in Iowa and Michigan after a survey that already placed him in the second spot in New Hampshire.

Then-Israeli ambassador Michael Oren with President Obama. A new book by Oren, now a member of Knesset, is sharply critical of the administration’s foreign policy and paints a far from rosy picture of the president’s relationship with Israeli leaders.

Oren, now a representative of the Kulanu party in the Knesset, has moved on from diplomacy to politics.

Shin Bet foils attempt by Hamas to overthrow Palestinian Authority government in Judea & Samaria.

A demonstration and call for action against terror are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday across from the official of residence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Government officials got on the soap box after Monday’s night murder of Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld and spoke beautifully against Palestinian Authority incitement and terror. Action is something else. […]

Hamas claims the company, which just so happens to be headed by Abbas’ honchos, is dodging taxes.

Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, 26, was buried in Kochav HaShachar in Samaria early Wednesday afternoon after he succumbed last night to bullet wounds from Palestinian Authority terrorists. Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman and Minister of Education Naftali Bennett was among hundreds of people at the funeral. He called Rosenfeld “a symbol of the State of Israel, […]

Some 70 Egyptian soldiers have been killed simultaneously in a multi-prong attack in Sinai.

An ancient mikvah is discovered beneath a Jerusalem living room.

Oklahoma’s Supreme Court says the 10 Commandments cannot stay at the state capitol.

Neo-Nazis vandalized a Talmud Torah in Boro Park, Brooklyn this week.

US Pres. Barack Obama said Tuesday he’ll “walk away” from a bad deal with Iran. So far, he hasn’t.

ISIS proclaims its next goal is to conquer Gaza, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Yitzchak Shamir, born October 22, 1915, died June 30 2012. Shamir was Prime Minister of Israel from 1983 to 1984 and again from 1986 to 1992. He was a leader of the pre-State Lehi (Stern Gang) group. He also served in the Mossad fom 1955 to 1965. From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Yitzhak Shamir […]

More Articles from Jewish Press Staff
Terror Attack near Shvut Rachel

Four Israelis hurt Monday night in a driveby terror attack by terrorists near Shvut Rachel.

Perhaps on a deeper level, the mitzvah of parah adumah at this junction was not just to purify the body, but the spirit as well.

A Smartphone app may be able to help prevent Parkinson’s disease patients from falling.

A shooting victim in Wadi Joz traveled for treatment all the way to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

“The mandated services program is a key funding source that helps non-public schools meet their bottom lines. We welcome this new funding.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/syrian-rebels-frustrated-as-obama-avoids-war/2013/09/17/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: