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Syria denies using Scud missiles in fighting armed militia

English.news.cn   2012-12-13 23:08:19            
 • Syrian Foreign Ministry denied use of Scud missiles by government troops against armed militia.
 • The ministry rubbished the rumors as totally unfounded.
 • The ministry said such reports aim to undermine Syria's image and its stature in int'l community.


DAMASCUS, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Syrian Foreign Ministry denied on Thursday the use of Scud missiles by government troops against Western-backed armed militia, state-run SANA news agency reported.

The ministry's remarks came in response to "what the tendentious circles, particularly in Turkey and its partner countries in the conspiracy against Syria, are promoting," said SANA.

The ministry rubbished the rumors as totally unfounded, noting that such reports aim to undermine Syria's image and its stature in the international community.

"It's well known that Scud missiles are strategic and long- range missiles that aren't used in fighting armed terrorist gangs, " the ministry said, reiterating that those missiles have not been used against the armed groups despite the militia's recent use of advanced weaponry against civilians and government troops.

On Wednesday, officials at the U.S. administration said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces have resorted to firing ballistic missiles at rebel fighters inside Syria, as the government struggles to slow the momentum of a gaining insurgency, according to the New York Times.


NATO chief says Syrian regime approching collapse

BRUSSELS, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is "approaching collapse," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday.

"In general, I think the regime in Damascus is approaching collapse. I think now it is only a question of time," he told reporters at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.  Full story

China to keep contact with Syria's parties: FM spokesman

BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- China is willing to maintain contact and communication with all relevant parties in Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a press briefing on Thursday.  Full story

Russia satisfied with NATO assurance of non-involement in Syria

MOSCOW, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- NATO has assured Moscow the Western alliance was not planning military intervention in Syria, a senior Russian military official said Thursday.  Full story

Editor: Lu Hui
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