President Bashar al-Assad visits Syrian army troops in northwest Idlib province in October [SANA via Reuters]

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accused the global chemical weapons watchdog of faking and falsifying a report over an attack near the capital Damascus last year “just because the Americans wanted them to do so”.

Al-Assad’s comments in an interview broadcast on Monday with Italy’s Rai News 24 came after the director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) expressed confidence in the report into the deadly attack in Syria.

OPCW’s chief Fernando Arias supported the report issued in March by a fact-finding mission from the watchdog that found “reasonable grounds” that chlorine was used in the attack on the eastern Damascus suburb of Douma.

Arias

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