US charges of Syrian support for Iraq's attacks amounts are baseless, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad claimed Monday.
In interview broadcast Monday on NBC news, the Syrian leader said Damascus has "never" had a hand in attacks in Iraq and insisted that Washington hopes to deflect blame from its own military failures there.
Assad added that in lodging the accusations, George W. Bush administration officials "want to absolve themselves from the responsibility," for the continuing violence in war-torn Iraq.
"They blame others. They are looking for scapegoats," he said. "Their war was a fiasco."
Assad added that it would be counterproductive to foment violence and unrest along his own border. "What's my interest in having chaos in Iraq?" he said.