Opposition in Syria Sacks Command over Allegations of Graft

As White House officials asked lawmakers to push through $500 million to moderate insurgents, the opposition government in Syria sacked the Free Syrian Army (FSA) military command on Thursday over allegations of corruption, said a European news agency.

Ahmad Tohme the head of the opposition government decides it was best to disband the Supreme Military Council and told the administration and financial committee of the government to open an investigation of the council members.

Tohme’s decision came amidst widespread reports of graft within the FSA ranks, which is supported by Arab and Western governments, in the battle to overthrow Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

The government, which is in exile said it also was sacking the chief of staff of the FSA Abdelilah al-Bashir a Brigadier General.

It referred to the revolutionary forces to set up over the next month a new council for defense and to completely restructure the command of the rebel army.

This news comes following the announcement that nine top officers in the FSA resigned during June due to mismanagement and shortages of military aid that had come from different donor countries.

Ahmad Jarba the Syrian leader of the opposition, who had sought for a long period to form a stronger Syrian army through grouping together all the rebels, will meet with John Kerry the U.S. Secretary of State during a Friday Saudi Arabia trip.

A U.S. State Department official said Kerry would meet briefly in Jeddah with the President of the SOC.

Jarba has attempted to overthrow Assad over the past three years. He traveled in May to Washington to ask for more arms from the White House Administration.

Kerry is flying from Paris to Jeddah. He met on Thursday with Jordan and Gulf allies to talk about the widening Iraqi crisis and the ongoing Syria war.

Kerry will also meet with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to talk about the Syria and Iraq situations.

Islamists militants in Iraq captured a large area in the northern region of the country.

They have also seized territory neighboring Syria where they currently are fighting the Syrian President and the moderate opposition.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS, which want to create a complete Islamic state that would straddle between Syria and Iraq, had been behind the jihadist offensive that has captured places both to the west and to the North of Baghdad.

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