Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has come out on television to make some ridiculous claims against the United States after making it clear that he was not happy after the US dropped missiles on a Syrian airbase.
He told reporters that America FAKED the footage of the dead children killed in a chemical attack, which was launched by Assad. Assad then sat there on television and asked, “Are they really dead?”, although he was the one who launched a chemical attack. It was not his first chemical attack.
He 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.”
And referring to footage which showed people foaming at the mouth, which sent shockwaves around the world, he said: “We don’t know whether those dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhun. Were they dead at all?”
Assad then made the claim that the chemical attack was invented by the Americans, so America would have a reason to get involved in Syria militarily – basically an excuse to attack Syria.
The Daily Mail has more from Assad’s first interview since the attack:
In his first interview since 59 American cruise missiles hit a central Syrian air base three days after the chemical weapon attack, Assad said footage of the attack aftermath were not ‘conclusive proof’ it had happened.
He said evidence came only from ‘a branch of Al-Qaeda’, referring to a former jihadist affiliate which is among the groups that control the Idlib province, where the atrocity happened.
Images of the aftermath, showing victims convulsing and foaming at the mouth, sent shockwaves around the world.
He said Khan Sheikhun had no strategic value and was not currently a battle front.
He continued: ‘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. They fabricated the whole story in order to have a pretext for the attack.’
The Syrian dictator said he would only allow an ‘impartial’ investigation into the incident, stating that he would only sanction a probe by ‘unbiased’ countries.
He told AFP bureau chief Sammy Ketz: ‘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.’
The dictator hit out at the US, saying peace talks aimed at resolving his country’s civil 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.’
He claimed his regime handed over all its chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013, and could not have carried out last week’s attack.
‘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,’ Assad stated.
And he claimed to be unfazed by international opposition, stating that the suffering of Syria’s people ‘is the only thing that could deprive me from sleep from time to time, but not the Western statements and not the threat of the support of the terrorists’.
He hit out at US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who earlier this week claimed the Assad family ‘reign’ was coming to an end.
The Syrian leader stated: ‘There is no reign of Assad family anyway in Syria.
‘He’s dreaming, or let’s say, he’s hallucinating, so, we don’t waste our time with his statement.’
Russia last night blocked a UN resolution which called for a speedy investigation into the use of sarin nerve gas last Tuesday.
President Vladimir Putin has angrily refuted claims that Assad ordered the attack, saying there was ‘no evidence’ to back this up.