The head of the Free Syrian Army on Monday told The Daily Telegraph that British Prime Minister David Cameron's abandoned plans to arm the Syrian opposition will "leave us alone to be killed" by President Bashar al Assad, and pave the way for al-Qaida to dominate the rebel ranks.
General Salim Idris hit out in an interview with The Telegraph after Downing Street confirmed that Cameron had ruled out arming the opposition on advice from the British military.
"The West promises and promises. This is a joke now," Idris said. "I have not had the opportunity to ask David Cameron personally if he will leave us alone to be killed. On behalf of all the Syrians, thank you very much".