U.S. support for Syria rebels illegal: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday branded U.S. support for rebel forces in Syriaas illegal and ineffective, saying U.S.-trained rebels were leaving to join Islamic State with weapons supplied by Washington.

In an interview with U.S. networks recorded ahead of a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Putin said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deserved international support as he was fighting terrorist organizations.

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