Supreme Military Council (Syria)
|Supreme Military Council|
المجلس العسكري الأعلى |
Participant in the Syrian Civil War
|Active||7 December 2012 – Present|
|Part of||Free Syrian Army|
The Supreme Military Council (SMC) (Arabic: المجلس العسكري الأعلى, also called the Supreme Military Command or the Higher Military Council in Aleppo) is the highest military leadership of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). It is headed by Brigadier general Abdelkarim al-Ahmed. The establishment of the organisation was announced on 7 December 2012 with the backing of western and Arab powers as a means of financing and arming Syrian rebel forces.
The Supreme Military Council of the FSA supports the Syrian National Council (SNC).
On 7 December 2012, 260 rebel commanders from all over Syria agreed to a unified command structure of the Free Syrian Army. The participants elected a 30-member Supreme Military Council, which then selected General Salim Idris as Chief of Staff. The council was created with the backing of western powers and many Arab states as a vehicle to finance and arm rebel groups.
On 16 February 2014, the Supreme Military Council announced that Idris was replaced "with Colonel Abdelilah al-Bashir, head of FSA operations in the province of Qunaitera".
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