Scud claim a dud, Syrian Foreign Ministry says
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Scud claim a dud, Syrian Foreign Ministry says

US officials say Assad has fired at least six of the mid-range missiles; Damascus dismisses charge as a 'conspiracy'

Syrian civilians stand in front of a building destroyed by a car bomb in Qatana, southwest of Damascus on December 13, 2012. (photo credit: AP/SANA)
Syrian civilians stand in front of a building destroyed by a car bomb in Qatana, southwest of Damascus on December 13, 2012. (photo credit: AP/SANA)

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s Foreign Ministry has denied claims that the government is using Scud missiles against rebels.

The ministry said Thursday that the reports are nothing more than a conspiracy.

On Wednesday, the US and NATO said President Bashar Assad’s forces had fired Scud missiles at rebel areas. Two US officials said the army had fired Scud missiles from Damascus into northern Syria. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter.

One official estimated the army fired more than a half dozen Scuds.

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