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Assad Calls Chemical Attack a ‘Fabrication’

The Washington Post

BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has broken his silence over a deadly chemical weapons attack that killed scores of civilians, describing it as a “fabrication” to justify American military action.

In a combative interview published Thursday by Agence France-Presse, Assad dismissed photographs and video footage that moved President Trump to launch retaliatory strikes on a Syrian air base. He insisted that his government would never use banned weapons.

“Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand in glove with the terrorists,” Assad told the news agency. “They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack.”

The comments were Assad’s fullest since the April 4 chemical assault on the northwestern town of Khan Sheikhoun. According to victims, rescue workers and monitoring groups, it took place shortly after 6 a.m., killing more than 80 people and causing hundreds more to convulse, choke and foam at the mouth.

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