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Syria: US dual policy is recipe for more violence

3 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Monday, September 29 2014 Sep 29, 2014 September 29, 2014 11:33 AM September 29, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS - Syria's foreign minister says the United States' dual policy of striking at militants in Syria while providing money, weapons and training to others is a recipe for more violence and terrorism.

Walid al-Moallem says such behavior creates a "fertile ground" for the continued growth of extremism.

He spoke Monday before the annual U.N. General Assembly.

Al-Moallem says military airstrikes won't be enough to destroy the Islamic State group and other al-Qaida affiliated organizations in Syria, adding that there should be pressure on regional countries to halt their support for them.

In an interview with the Associated Press after his speech, however, al-Moallem said Syria was satisfied with the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State. He said Syria heard from the U.S. 24 hours before the first airstrike last week.

He said Monday the U.S. does not inform Syria of every strike before it happens, "but it's OK."

"We are fighting ISIS, they are fighting ISIS," he said, referring to the group by one of its acronyms.

He spoke as U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group. Syrian activists say one strike hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians.

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