December 12, 2013
Good News! Western Backed Syrian Rebel Leader Flees Syria
Western-backed Syrian rebel commander fled the country after Islamist militant fighters ran him out of his headquarters, US officials said. Free Syrian Army Gen. Salim Idris flew to the Qatari capital of Doha Sunday after fleeing to Turkey. The Islamists also took over key warehouses holding US military gear for moderate fighters in northern Syria over the weekend, the Voice of Russia said.The story goes on to point out that he was overrun by a radical subset of a moderate Islamists that aren't as radical as al-Nusra or ISIS but still radical enough that Idris decided he liked his head where it was.
"He fled as a result of the Islamic Front taking over his headquarters," a senior US official said.
Update: Idris issues statement saying just hanging out in Turkey for talks.