FSA leader says Assad is out of the picture
According to Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba, President Bashar Assad is no longer in charge of the Syrian government, as Iran and Hezbollah are the new decision-makers, reported AFP.
Meanwhile, Syrian resistance troops have captured “at least half” of the country’s land, Jarba told al-Hayat, a pan-Arab newspaper. Jarba described Assad as “a killer and criminal” who “has collapsed,” and must be “punished for the war crimes he has committed against the Syrian people.”
Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war 29 months ago, more than 100,000 people in Syria have been killed, according to the U.N.
Jarba said that Assad "no longer runs Syria. The real rulers of Syria are the Iranian Revolutionary Guard ... with the participation of Hizbullah fighters," who have entered Syria to reinforce Assad’s army, AFP reported.
Jarba called on the West to assist the rebels in spite of reservations that weapons could end up in extremist hands, saying Western weapons given to FSA fighters would “change the course of the revolution.”