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Aqidi says FSA ‘open to criticisms and suggestions’


August 20, 2013

IMAGE POLISH: In the Free Syrian Army, “all of us have the ability to reform and change,” Col. Abduljabbar al-Aqidi, the head of the FSA’s Aleppo Military Council, tells the Shahba Press about criticisms of the FSA and its performance among Syrians active in social media.

“Criticism, rumors and betrayal are popular in revolutions, and anyone who has something to say about how we can correct our mistakes is welcome to do so,” said Aqidi, a commander of the Free Syrian Army, who is a former colonel in the Syrian Arab Army who defected in early 2012.

Aqidi was interviewed along the front lines of Aleppo on Monday, where he inspected the Badr Martyrs Battalion, which just joined the FSA.

The Military Council in Aleppo also announced the ouster of the Jabhat Akrad Battalion from its command after accusing it of working with the PKK and PYD.

Aqidi stressed that Syrian Arabs have no problems with Kurds, pointing out that “in all of history, there has been no Arab-Kurdish fighting.” The colonel blamed “foreign agendas” for sowing dissent among Kurds and Arabs, adding that “we are all brothers living in one country, drinking the same water, eating the same food.” Video Courtesy of Shahba Press.

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