Russian FM: US spares al-Qaida's branch to topple Assad

June 16, 2016 1:57 PM

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ST.PETERSBURG, Russia – Russia's foreign minister says he believes the U.S. may hope to use al-Qaida's branch in Syria to unseat Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

Speaking Thursday at an economic forum in St.Petersburg, Sergey Lavrov said the reluctance of U.S.-backed Syrian opposition groups to distance themselves from al-Qaida's branch in Syria, the Nusra Front, has been a major reason behind continuing fighting.

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