Jordan to blame for supporting terrorism - Syrian media

2015-02-04 13:10
Safi al-Kaseasbeh father of slain Jordanian pilot, Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh is escorted by relatives while receiving condolences in at their home village of Ai, near Karak, Jordan. (Nasser Nasser, AP)

Safi al-Kaseasbeh father of slain Jordanian pilot, Lieutenant Muath al-Kaseasbeh is escorted by relatives while receiving condolences in at their home village of Ai, near Karak, Jordan. (Nasser Nasser, AP)

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Damascus - The Islamic State group's gruesome murder of a captured Jordanian pilot is the consequence of the country's support for Syrian rebels, Syrian media said on Wednesday.

The commentary in newspapers close to the government echoed longstanding claims by Assad's regime that Jordan is backing "terrorists" by supporting rebels.

It came a day after a video purporting to show Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh being burnt alive in a cage by jihadists from the Islamic State group.

"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.

Fomenting extremism

Syria's government deems all those seeking Assad's ouster "terrorists" and has long accused opposition backers like Jordan, Turkey and Gulf nations of fomenting extremism.

Syria's foreign ministry Wednesday condemned Kassasbeh's murder but called on Amman to cooperate with the Syrian government against "terrorism".

It described the execution as a "despicable, terrorist crime" and urged "the government of Jordan to cooperate in the fight against terrorism like that of Daesh [IS] and Al-Nusra Front [al-Qaeda's Syrian branch]".

Jordan is participating in a US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Damascus has grudgingly accepted the strikes on its territory, but said the coalition will fail to defeat ISIS unless it cooperates with Assad's government.

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