Syrian rebel commander visits front in Assad's home province

By REUTERS
August 12, 2013 22:03

BEIRUT - The head of the rebel Free Syrian Army has visited the coastal province of Latakia, according to video footage, a show of force in President Bashar Assad's family's home province.

Several villages in Latakia, which is a stronghold of Assad's Alawite sect, have been overrun by Sunni Muslim insurgents over the past few days.General Salim Idriss, who leads the rebel Supreme Military Council, was shown in a video uploaded to the Internet on Sunday wearing casual dress and a shoulder-strapped gun holster and standing outside with mountains in the distance.


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