posted at 03:50
Author Name: Reuters and Michael B Kelley
Syria Denies Targeting Civilians As Crude Barrel Bombs Fall On Cities
BEIRUT - Syria rejected as "Fabricated" U.S. accusations that its forces are targeting civilians with air strikes and said Washington would do better to criticize hardline Islamic State militants who have killed American citizens. The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it was "Horrified" by Syrian government bombings in Raqqa province which it said had killed "Dozens of civilians and demolished residential areas". He said Washington was getting its information from "Terrorist organizations" operating in Syria such as Islamic State and al Qaeda's Nusra Front. Raqqa province is the stronghold of Islamic State, a hardline al Qaeda offshoot which has seized land in Syria and neighboring Iraq. "The U.S. State Department should rather have shown respect for the souls of American victims at the hands of terrorists from the Daesh organization and not directed fabricated accusations towards the Syrian state which has been facing terrorism for years," Zoubi was quoted by SANA as saying. Three U.S. civilians - two journalists and an aid worker - have been beheaded by Islamic State. Zoubi said the U.S. statement on Wednesday had ignored crimes committed by Islamic State, adding that Syria was more committed to its people than countries which send money and weapons to "Terrorists" and train them. The United States has backed anti-government rebels and wants to train and equip some to counter Islamic State.

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