Syria

US Backed Rebel Leader Flees Syria After Islamic Front Takes Over His HQ

Gen. Salim Idris of the Free Syrian Army

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) — The top Western-backed Syrian rebel commander fled the country after Islamist militant fighters ran him out of his headquarters, U.S. officials said.

Free Syrian Army Gen. Salim Idris flew to the Qatari capital of Doha Sunday after fleeing to Turkey, the officials told the Wall Street Journal.

"He fled as a result of the Islamic Front taking over his headquarters," a senior U.S. official said.