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Bashar Assad accuses West of backing Al Qaeda

BEIRUT — Syria’s president accused the West on Wednesday of backing Al Qaeda in his country’s civil war, warning it will pay a price ‘‘in the heart’’ of Europe and the United States as the terror network becomes emboldened.

Bashar Assad also lashed out at Jordan for allowing ‘‘thousands’’ of fighters to enter Syria through its borders and warned that the ‘‘fire will not stop at Syria’s border.’’

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