Aug 26 2013
Syrian president Bashar Assad has said his troops did not use chemical weapons in an attack on rebel positions in a Damascus suburb last week where hundreds of people died.
Mr Assad told Russia's Izvestia daily that the accusations that his troops were responsible were "politically motivated".
He said in an interview that attacking such an area with chemical weapons would not make sense for the government as there was no clear frontline between regime and rebel forces.
Syria said on Sunday that a UN team could investigate the site, but a senior White House official dismissed the deal as "too late to be credible".