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  8/29/2014, Elul 3, 5774

U.S. Accuses Al-Nusra of Kidnapping UN Peacekeepers


The United States on Thursday accused the Syrian Al-Qaeda-affiliate Al-Nusra Front of detaining 43 members of a United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights, near Syria's border with Israel.

"The United States strongly condemns the detention of UN peacekeepers and ongoing violence targeting the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights by non-state armed groups, including UN Security Council-designated terrorist group Al-Nusra Front," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement quoted by AFP.