Syria criticizes US aid to anti-government forces

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This citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows anti-Syrian regime protesters holding a caricature placard during a demonstration, at Kafr Nabil town, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, March. 1, 2013. Syrian government forces fought fierce clashes with rebels attacking a police academy near the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, while the bodies of 10 men most of them shot in the head were found dumped along the side of a road outside Damascus, activists said. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media have criticized the Obama administration's decision to provide aid to rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad, warning that the move could harm U.S. interests in the Middle East.

An editorial in the state-run daily newspaper Al-Thawra says that by supplying opposition forces with financial and other non-lethal aid, Washington is supporting terrorism in Syria.

The paper warned on Saturday that the decision could backfire. The government refers to rebels fighting Assad's troops as terrorists seeking to destroy the country.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday that the United States will provide food and medical supplies directly to the rebels for the first time since the conflict began nearly two years ago. Kerry also pledged an additional $60 million in assistance to Syria's political opposition.