Syria’s President Assad says Paris attacks result from France’s aiding of rebels – Hugh Naylor/The Washington Post
BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad suggested Saturday that French support for opposition forces in his country’s civil war led to Friday’s Islamic State-claimed attacks in Paris that killed at least 127 people.
In comments published by Syria’s official news agency, SANA, the embattled leader called on Western states to stop aiding “terrorists,” a term used by Syria’s government for all insurgent groups. France backs Syrian rebel groups and has been a particularly vocal opponent of Assad during the nearly five-year-old conflict.
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