Syria's Assad says Idlib chemical attack 'fabrication' - AFP interview

UN to begin Syria probe only after use of chemicals in Idlib attack confirmed

You can read the full interview here.

US Air Force Col John Dorrian, a spokesman for the coalition, said it had carried out no air strikes in that area at that time.

"Russia's initiative in 2013 to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons has been exposed as a shambles".

He also claimed the story was made up with the U.S. attack on a Syrian airbase in mind.

In an interview with AFP, Assad said his forces could not have been responsible for the strikes using the nerve agent sarin, which killed at least 87 in rebel held Idlib province, because his regime in Damascus had given up all its chemical weapons.

Mr Corbyn said: "An investigation must take place as to who used those chemical weapons".

While the regime did comply with destroying numerous stockpiles as well as the infrastructure to produce them, removing over 1,290 metric tons of chemical weapons - including sarin, VX and sulfur mustard, a precursor to mustard gas - according to former defense minister Moshe Ya'alon, Israel is under the impression that the regime cheated global inspectors and kept residual amounts of sarin.

"Our impression is that the West, mainly the United States, is hand-in-glove with the terrorists", Assad said, according to the wire service.

British scientists said sarin or a sarin-like substance was used in the suspected chemical attack in Syria, the British ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday.

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"Our firepower, our ability to attack the terrorists hasn't been affected by this strike".

Denying any involvement whatsoever, the Syrian leader said: "A hundred percent for us, it's fabrication". Doctors at hospitals near the scene told CNN that victims had died of asphyxiation. " he said. "You have a lot of fake videos now and you have the proof that those videos were fake". We don't know if they were dead or who committed the attack.

"The AFP says the regime allowed only their top five questions and answers to be released and simply kept the rest of their interview under lock and key until it chose to put the rest out on Syrian state television", she said on CNN. He was pictured cradling their dead bodies.

"The only information the world have had till this moment is published by al Qaeda branch", he said.

Mr Assad also said that he would only allow what he called an "impartial" investigation into the events at Khan Sheikhoun, to ensure it would not be used for "politicised purposes".

However, independent bodies are already investigating.

Images and videos showed people in the town suffering the symptoms of a nerve agent.

They reacted angrily on Wednesday after Russia, Syria's key ally, vetoed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council - the eighth time it has done so over the Syrian conflict.

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