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Syria militant defense minister resigns

Syria militant defense minister resignsThe self-proclaimed defense minister of Syria’s foreign-sponsored opposition has stepped down following reports of profound disappointment with the body’s head.

According to Press TV, a source close to Saudi-backed dissident Asaad al-Mustafa, speaking on the condition of anonymity, has said he resigned on Sunday night to protest a lack of funds for his mercenaries from the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC) leader Ahmed Jarba.
An unnamed SNC member said Mustafa left after Jarba refused to appoint him as provisional prime minister, a post currently held by Ahmed Tumeh.
Mustafa was appointed to his post last November as part of a plan by the SNC to administer areas of Syria that are under control of foreign-backed militants.
Mustafa served as minister of agriculture under President Bashar al-Assad’s father and predecessor, Hafez al-Assad, but defected after the foreign-sponsored militancy broke out in 2011

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