Syrian rebel head: Outcome of revolution dependent on West

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 1, 2013 07:48

The head of the Syrian Opposition Supreme Military Council said forces fighting against the regime of President Bashar Assad could lose the revolution if the West did not act immediately, Qatar-based al-Jazeera reported on Saturday.

Brig.-Gen. Salim Idris warned his alleged 300 fighters in the city of Qusayr were overwhelmed by Hezbollah militants fighting in the strategic post, and the outcome of the conflict could rely on the West's providing weapons to the rebels.

Rebels are largely surrounded in Qusair, a town of 30,000 that has become a strategic battleground. Assad's forces want to take the area to secure a route between the capital Damascus and his stronghold on the Mediterranean coast, effectively dividing rebel-held territories in the north and south.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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