Syrian media claims pilot’s murder is consequence of Jordan “supporting terrorism”
Bashar al-Assad has been conducting indiscriminate airstrikes in Syria, injuring hundreds of civilians, yet Jordan is being accused of supporting terrorism. (AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA)
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Syrian media has said Wednesday the heinous murder of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh is a direct consequence of Jordan’s support of Syrian rebels, reports AFP.
"The fire of the terrorist group burned the Jordanian after Amman facilitated ... the entry of thousands of Salafists across its border so they could fight alongside armed groups against the Syrian Arab army," the daily Al-Watan wrote, using a term for Islamic fundamentalists.
"Jordan is reaping the results of its support for terrorism," added the Al-Baath daily.
According to Reuters, the Syrian foreign ministry called on Jordan, which is part of a US-led aerial campaign against Islamic State, "to cooperate in the fight against terrorism represented by the organisation Daesh and Nusra Front ... and other terrorist organisations associated with them in Syria and the region."
The Syrian government has been carrying out airstrikes against the rebels, resulting in large numbers of causalities, including civilians.
The Syrian conflict has resulted in the death of at least 200,000 people and displaced almost half of the country's 23 million people from their homes.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has allegedly agreed to participate in peace talks with rebel groups in Moscow; however, as of yet little progress has been made.
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