U.S. intelligence report "fabricated", says Syrian regime
A U.S. intelligence report which found the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in an attack which killed nearly 1,500 people was “fabricated,” the Syrian foreign ministry said on Friday.
“What the U.S. administration describes as irrefutable evidence... is nothing but tired legends that the terrorists have been circulating for more than a week, with their share of lies and entirely fabricated stories,” a ministry statement read out on state television said, according to AFP news agency.
The foreign ministry also dismissed the report as a poorly crafted document informed mostly by social media.
It expressed surprise that “a superpower could mislead its opinion so clumsily, relying on evidence that does not exist, and that the United States could base policies on matters of war and peace on social media and websites.”
The report released on Friday concluded the regime had launched a chemical onslaught in the suburbs of Damascus last week, killing 1,429 people, including at least 426 children.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry revealed on Friday details of the intelligence report on Syria, saying the regime of President Bashar al-Assad carefully prepared for days to launch a chemical weapons attack.
The intelligence report blamed the Syrian regime for the use chemical weapons with “high confidence” and said it was “highly unlikely” the outrage was a ruse plotted by rebels.
Kerry also said the United States found the rockets were launched from regime-controlled areas.