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U.S. declines to comment on Syria-Israel confrontation
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07:45, September 07, 2007

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The United States declined on Thursday to comment on Syria's report that it opened fire at Israeli warplanes that entered its airspace.

"I have seen those press reports. I don't have anything for you that could substantiate them one way or the other," State Department spokesman Tom Casey told reporters.

"Certainly I don't want to comment on at this point in time," he added.

Syria said earlier in the day that its air defenses opened fire at Israeli warplanes that had entered its airspace at dawn and forced them to leave, but Israel said they are unaware of any such a incident.

The United States considers Syria a major destabilizing influence in the Middle East, and accuses Syria of allowing foreign fighters to cross its border into Iraq to join forces with al Qaida and anti-U.S. insurgents groups. Syria denies the U.S. charges.

Source: Xinhua

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