Syria says it doesn’t need Jordan in Islamic State fight

Syria’s foreign minister on Monday criticized neighboring Jordan, which recently stepped up airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Syria, and said his country does not need outside help in battling militants. Walid al-Moallem also told reporters that Damascus will not accept Jordanian or other foreign ground troops crossing into Syria to fight. There has been no mention of any international troops offering to go into Syria to fight the Islamic State group. Jordan has, however, vowed to retaliate harshly for the slaying of one of its pilots, who was burned alive by the Islamic State group militants last week.



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