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Syria: US dual policy is recipe for more violence

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Syria's foreign minister says the United States' dual policy of striking at militants in Syria while providing money, weapons and training to others is a recipe for more violence and terrorism.

Walid al-Moallem says such behavior creates a "fertile ground" for the continued growth of extremism.

He spoke Monday before the annual U.N. General Assembly.

Al-Moallem says military airstrikes won't be enough to destroy the Islamic State group and other al-Qaida affiliated organizations in Syria, adding that there should be pressure on regional countries to halt their support for them.

He spoke as U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group. Syrian activists say one strike hit a grain silo and reportedly killed civilians.

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