Damascus paper: US making false accusations against Syria

A Syrian newspaper is accusing the US of making false nuclear accusations against Damascus. It's expressing hope that a fact-finding trip by UN nuclear inspectors to Syria will not turn into a "prolonged affair." The editorial in Syria's independent but government-guided Al-Watan newspaper Monday is the only mention so far in Syria of the UN nuclear inspection under way. Otherwise, Syria has placed strict bans on media reporting the IAEA inspectors to the country. On Sunday, officials at the IAEA in Vienna confirmed the agency team had left for Syria for the visit - which will examine US allegations that Syria has secret nuclear sites.