Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said suspected chemical weapons attack , evidence came only from “a branch of Al-Qaeda,is ‘100 per cent fabrication’

Bashar al-Assad interview: Syrian president says chemical attack is ‘100 per cent fabrication’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his government had nothing to do with a chemical attack. Picture: AP
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SYRIAN President Bashar al-Assad has called claims that his government launched a chemical attack on his own people are “100 per cent fabrication”.
In his first interview since the attack, Assad said he believed that the US was working “hand in glove with the terrorists” and maintains that Syria gave up all its chemical weapons in 2013.
“There was no order to make any attack... We gave up our arsenal a few years ago. Even if we have them, we wouldn’t use them,” he said. “Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack.”
The suspected attack killed at least 87 people, including many children, and images of the dead and of suffering victims provoked global outrage.
A Syrian child receives treatment at a small hospital in the town of Maaret al-Noman following a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun. Picture: AFP
A Syrian child receives treatment at a small hospital in the town of Maaret al-Noman following a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
Assad insisted it was “not clear whether it happened or not, because how can you verify a video? You have a lot of fake videos now.”
“We don’t know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun. Were they dead at all?”
He said Khan Sheikhun had no strategic value and was not currently a battle front.
“This story is not convincing by any means.”
He said a barrage of US missiles against a military airport had not diminished his government’s ability to carry out strikes.
“Our firepower, our ability to attack the terrorists hasn’t been affected by this strike,” he said.
The botched air strike is not good news for US President Donald Trump. Picture: AP
The botched air strike is not good news for US President Donald Trump. Picture: APSource:AP
Meanwhile, the US has admitted that it killed 18 allied fighters in northern Syria in a misdirected air strike.
“The strike was requested by the partnered forces, who had identified the target location as an ISIS fighting position,” the Pentagon said in a statement, referring to the Islamic State militant group by an acronym. “The target location was actually a forward Syrian Democratic Forces fighting position.”
Assad said he would only allow an “impartial” external investigation of last week’s suspected chemical attack.
“We can only allow any investigation when it’s impartial, when we make sure that unbiased countries will participate in this delegation in order to make sure that they won’t use it for politicised purposes,” he said.
This satellite image shows destroyed aircraft shelters on the southeast side of the Shayrat air base in Syria, following US Tomahawk land attack missile strikes. Picture: AP
This satellite image shows destroyed aircraft shelters on the southeast side of the Shayrat air base in Syria, following US Tomahawk land attack missile strikes. Picture: APSource:AP
Assad said peace talks on resolving his country’s war were ineffective because Washington was “not serious” about ending the conflict.
“The United States is not serious in achieving any political solution. They want to use it as an umbrella for the terrorists,”
Global chemical weapons investigators have gone to Turkey to collect samples as part of an inquiry into the attack in Syria that killed 87 people on April 4.
The fact-finding mission was sent by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague to gather biometric samples and interview survivors, sources told Reuters.

Agony of a tiny boy

The toxic gas attack, which killed scores of people including children, prompted a US cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base and widened a rift between the US and Russia, a close ally of Assad’s in his conflict with rebels and militants.
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Syrian authorities have repeatedly denied using any chemical weapons. Russian officials said the gas had been released by an air strike on a poison gas storage depot controlled by rebels.
Abdul-Hamid Alyousef holds his twin babies who were killed during a chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun town, in the northern province of Idlib, Syria. Picture: AP
Abdul-Hamid Alyousef holds his twin babies who were killed during a chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun town, in the northern province of Idlib, Syria. Picture: APSource:The Courier-Mail
An unconscious Syrian child is carried at a hospital in Khan Sheikhun following the toxic gas attack on April 4. Picture: AFP
An unconscious Syrian child is carried at a hospital in Khan Sheikhun following the toxic gas attack on April 4. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
Washington said that account was not credible and rebels have denied it. Samples taken from the poison gas site in Syria’s Idlib governorate tested positive for the nerve agent sarin, the British delegation at the OPCW said on Thursday.
“UK scientists have analysed samples taken from Khan Sheikhoun. These have tested positive for the nerve agent sarin, or a sarin-like substance,” the delegation said during a special session at the OPCW in The Hague.
The UK result confirmed earlier testing by Turkish authorities that concluded sarin had been used for the first time on a large scale in Syria’s civil war since 2013.
The OPCW mission will determine whether chemical weapons were used, but is not mandated to assign blame.
The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea. Picture: AP
The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea. Picture: APSource:AP
This satellite image shows destroyed aircraft shelters on the southeast side of the Shayrat air base in Syri. Picture: AP
This satellite image shows destroyed aircraft shelters on the southeast side of the Shayrat air base in Syri. Picture: APSource:AP
Its findings, expected in three to four weeks, will be passed to a joint United Nations-OPCW chemical weapons investigation.
International investigators have concluded that sarin, chlorine and sulphur mustard gas have been used in Syria’s six-year-old conflict, with government forces using chlorine and Islamic State militants using sulphur mustard.

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Syria: Bashar al-Assad calls chemical attack on civilians ‘100 percent fabrication’

"Definitely, 100 per cent for us, it's fabrication... Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists," said Bashar al-Assad.

By: AFP | Damascus | Updated: April 13, 2017 7:23 pm
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Assad claims US “fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack” on Syrian air force base. (Source: AP/File) Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said a suspected chemical weapons attack was a “fabrication” to justify a US strike on his forces.
The embattled leader, whose country has been ravaged by six years of war, said his firepower had not been affected by the attack ordered by US President Donald Trump, but acknowledged further strikes were possible.
Assad insisted his forces had turned over all their chemical weapons stocks years ago and would never use the banned arms.
The exclusive interview with AFP in Damascus yesterday was his first since a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun.
“Definitely, 100 per cent for us, it’s fabrication,” he said of the incident.
“Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack,” added Assad, who has been in power for 17 years.
At least 87 people, including 31 children, were killed in the alleged attack, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.
But Assad said evidence came only from “a branch of Al-Qaeda,” referring to a former jihadist affiliate that is among the groups that control Idlib province, where Khan Sheikhun is located.
Images of the aftermath, showing victims convulsing and foaming at the mouth, sent shockwaves around the world.
But Assad insisted it was “not clear whether it happened or not, because how can you verify a video? You have a lot of fake videos now.”
“We don’t know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun. Were they dead at all?”
He said Khan Sheikhun had no strategic value and was not currently a battle front.
“This story is not convincing by any means.”
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has begun an investigation into the alleged attack, but Russia yesterday blocked a UN Security Council resolution demanding Syria cooperate with the probe.
And Assad said he could “only allow any investigation when it’s impartial, when we make sure that unbiased countries will participate in this delegation in order to make sure that they won’t use it for politicised purposes.”
He insisted several times that his forces had turned over all chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013, under a deal brokered by Russia to avoid threatened US military action.
“There was no order to make any attack, we don’t have any chemical weapons, we gave up our arsenal a few years ago,” he said.
“Even if we have them, we wouldn’t use them, and we have never used our chemical arsenal in our history.”
The OPCW has blamed Assad’s government for at least two attacks in 2014 and 2015 involving the use of chlorine.
The Khan Sheikhun incident prompted the first direct US military action against Assad’s government since the war began, with 59 cruise missiles hitting the Shayrat airbase three days after the suspected chemical attack.
Assad said more US attacks “could happen anytime, anywhere, not only in Syria.”
But he said his forces had not been diminished by the US strike.
“Our firepower, our ability to attack the terrorists hasn’t been affected by this strike.”

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