Syria criticizes Jordan for hosting rebel training

Syria criticizes Jordan for hosting rebel training

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Syrian state media have sharply criticized Jordan for hosting U.S.-backed training of Syrian rebels seeking to topple President Bashar Assad, warning that Amman risks falling into the "volcanic crater" of Syria's conflict.

The stern warning issued Thursday by state radio and in a front-page editorial in the daily al-Thawra, the mouthpiece of the Syrian government, will likely aggravate Jordan's security fears over the civil war in its northern neighbor.

Jordan worries that Syria could use chemical weapons against it, or that secret operatives linked to the Assad regime or the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah could carry out deadly attacks in the U.S.-allied kingdom.

U.S. and other Western and Arab officials say Jordan is hosting training camps for Syrian rebels.

Amman has publicly denied it is hosting such training efforts.