Aleppo rebel leader quits and lashes out due to lack of support
Newscast Media DAMASCUS—President of the Military Council of the so-called ‘Free
Syrian Army’ in the province of Aleppo resigned on Sunday from his post in protest
against what he described as an international community “conspiracy” against the
“Because of some people’s refusal to heed calls for unity which led to the loss of
fronts, supply routes and Sfeira city (east of Aleppo), I announce my resignation from
the leadership of the Revolutionary Military Council in Aleppo,” Colonel Abdul-Jabbar
Okaidi said in a video statement.
“The blessed revolution has torn off the last mask on the face of the international
community”, which is “conspiring against this people and against this revolution,” he
Stating reasons for his resignation, Okaidi mentioned “the fragmentation of the
political and military opposition which resulted in the downturn on ground”.
Okaidi also lashed out at the exiled opposition “who represent no one but yourselves,”
stressing they have turned their backs on Syria and have “detached themselves from
it completely,” he said.
In the video, which was shared widely online, Okaidi also criticized some rebel leaders
on the ground, whom he referred to as “warlords”:
“Stop racing each other for power and for your kingdoms… Go back to how you were”
at the start of the revolt, he said.
On the other hand, he saluted what he described as “the Mujahideen rebel heroes”
who “wrote the greatest epics of heroism and pride away from the showing off,” in an
implicit belief that killing the Syrian people and sabotaging the whole country is a sign
The strategic city of Sfeira had been seized by the FSA several months ago. Sfeira’s
fall means the road to Aleppo from the east is open.
Okaidi defected from the loyalist army in May 2012 to join the military opposition
against Syrian government. He led Aleppo battle then the opposition military council of
The Syrian national military launched a wide-scale military operation in May 2013 in
the country’s main provinces to restore security and release citizens from terrorist
Syria has been hit by violent unrest since mid-March 2011. The Syrian government
accuses foreign actors, mainly the Saudi Arabia and Turkey, of orchestrating the
conflict by supporting the militant opposition groups with arms and money.
Source: Al Manar TV news