Lieutenant Colonel Fares Al-Baioush: FSA is composed of free men defending their cause

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The story of a fighter

Fares Al-Baioush lived and went to school in Kafarnuboul city in Idleb countryside; then he joined the technical institute in the Airforce Faculty in 1990, and graduated in 1992 with a Lieutenant Colonel rank. He joined the national military service in Deir Ezzor airbase and continued until 2011, when the Syrian revolution began.

Al Baioush told his story with Assad regime, “I was never satisfied with this regime since I became aware of all the wrongdoings, and I’ve never attended any event regulated by the Baath party, causing myself problems and accusations of being a renegade.”

Joining the Syrian Revolution

“On April 1, 2011, I visited the Kafraunbol city and saw the first demonstration, I immediately communicated with my colleague officers, whom I trusted, and we decided together to join the Syrian revolution in the right time,” Al-Baioush said.

When regime started killing civilians, Al-Baioush decided to launch military action in Deir Ezzor city, but he was detained along with his colleagues in July 2011. They had been kept in Al-Mazzah investigation branch for one year but regime could not prove him guilty and was released in mid-June 2012.

Al-Baioush says, “I agreed with two of my colleague officers, Lieutenant Colonel Abdul Kareem Al-Yahya and Captain Saleem Al-Bereeni, to defect from Assad army on July 1, 2012, and headed to the Mohasan city in Deir Ezzor countryside.”

Defection Trip

Al-Baioush and his colleagues has many experiences during their risky trip after defection from regime army. They were chased by regime aircrafts that targeted the Mohasan city later.

In Deir Ezzor city, Al-Baioush and his colleagues implemented many military operations and established the first operation room and regular military action. He decided a month and a half later to move back to Kafarnobul, his home town, to continue his revolutionary work and to meet his family who moved to Al-Raqqa out of fear of regime’s revenge.

During their trip, they were trapped by an ambush by regime, and one was killed and another was injured, but as Baioush said, “Miraculously, we escaped, with Lieutenant Colonel Hafez Al-Faraj, an honest man lawful to his country.”

The battle to control Kafarnobul

Al-Baiyoush arrived to the Kafarnobul city as the battle to control the city was launched by FSA. He says, “I was honored to participate as a soldier with other rebels in that battle. After that, I joined the Fursan Al-Haq battalion and became the commander in chief of the battalion that was expanded to a brigade, and turned to the Northern Division later. The division joined the Soqour Al-Jabal Brigade and the Division 13 to form the Free Idleb Army.

Prominent Achievements

Al-Baioush goes back in memory, talking about the most important military achievements in which he participated, including control of several areas in Deir Ezzor city, participation in Idleb, Hama and Aleppo battles, and most importantly, raising awareness of FSA members about the importance, essence and goals of FSA, in addition to his participation in military administration and structure.

Fortified on Fronts

Al-Baioush believes that his main duty as a soldier in the Free Syrian Army is defending civilians, and FSA members should stay on fronts, not among civilians, and should never interfere in their lives nor in the management of civil affairs.

He thinks that FSA has passed through several stages, most of them were difficult, but went through them safely.

The worst moment

The most difficult situation Al-Baioush passed through was in regime’s detention, where he was about to die under torture but did not disclose any information.

The best moment

“The best moment in life is capturing happiness in the eyes of people when they see their dreams becoming true”, he says, “and achieving a democratic state where people have political and personal freedoms, and where people can live in peace and safety together will be the best moment in my life.”

Finally, he stressed the importance of coexistence, cooperation and tolerance among all communities in Syria.

Ahmad Zakariya

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