UK, France `directly or indirectly` backing al Qaeda in Syria: Official

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 14:27

London: Britain and France are `directly or indirectly` supporting al Qaeda in an escalating war against Syria, a senior minister in Damascus has said.

Faisal al-Miqdad, Syria`s vice-foreign minister, also warned neighbouring Jordan was playing `a dangerous game` by allowing arms supplies to go to rebel groups from its territory.

Al-Miqdad used a rare interview to attack the UK and France as `new colonialists` for providing political and military support to opposition fighters seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

According to the Guardian, Damascus insists these fighters are terrorists with a jihadi agenda.

Al-Miqdad also lashed out at Turkey and `stupid Arabs`, singling out Saudi Arabia and Qatar, for acting `in western interests` and accused Israel of meddling in the conflict.

He claimed `Mossad agents` had been killed in Deraa near the Jordanian border, where the rebels have made advances in recent weeks.

According to the report, the UK and France are now considering a US call to ban Jabhat al-Nusra as a terrorist group - reflecting growing concerns about the prominence of extremists in the anti-Assad camp.

Britain and France have also said they are trying to alter the terms of the EU arms embargo on Syria to help the rebels, the report added.


First Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 14:27

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