‘The Middle East is a powder keg, and the fire is approaching’: Assad says West has no proof regime carried out chem attack

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ss-130830-syria-tease.photoblog600Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has largely remained in the shadows amid allegations that his regime killed more than 1,000 people in a chemical weapons attack, claimed in an interview with a French newspaper that his accusers — including the White House and the French government — have no evidence.

“Anyone accusing must give proof,” Assad told Le Figaro  in interview excerpts published online Monday. “We have challenged the United States and France to come forward with a single proof.”

Assad’s government has strongly denied responsibility for the mass killing in the suburbs of Damascus, claiming that rebel insurgents launched the chemical weapons.

The Obama administration and French President Francois Hollande have charged Assad’s regime with perpetrating the horrific Aug. 21 chemical strike, which U.S. officials say killed some 1,426 people, including hundreds of children.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said that samples collected by first…

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