Syria’s Bashar al-Assad interviewed with AFP in Damascus for the first time since America’s missile strike on a Syrian airbase. In the interview, al-Assad denied any use of chemical weapons and said the attack was a “fabrication” to justify a strike:
“Definitely, 100 percent for us, it’s fabrication. 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.”
Many world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, accused Assad of chemical attacks on his own people in the town of Khan Sheikhun. The attacks killed 87 men, women, and children. Russia has since sided with Syria stating that the attacks were a conventional strike which hit a rebel arms depot with “toxic substances”.
Despite many photos and videos, Assad still says he ordered no such attacks. “There was no order to make any attack,” Assad said. “We don’t have any chemical weapons; we gave up our arsenal a few years ago.” Assad is referring to giving up chemical weapons during Obama’s administration.
Since siding with Syria, Russia has said that the United States broke international law by attacking Syria. But despite Russia’s defense of Syria, President Trump is still calling for US-Russia relations to improve:
“Things will work out fine between the U.S.A. and Russia. At the right time, everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!”
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