September 9th, 2013
11:48 AM ET

Assad: West Does Not Have "A Single Shred of Evidence" Of Chemical Attacks

Syria President Bashar al-Assad gives his first interview to an American television network in nearly two years, CNN Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence reports.

In an interview with CBS News and Charlie Rose, the Syrian leader denies using chemical weapons against own people, saying the West does not have "a single shred of evidence" to prove the claim his government was responsible.

Al-Assad said members of Congress contemplating authorizing an attack on Syria should realize it would only damage U.S. interests and he promised to retaliate if the U.S. chooses to strike his country.

"So the question they should ask themselves, what do wars give America? Nothing. No political gain. No economic gain. No good reputation. The credibility is at an all-time low. So this war is against the interests of the United States," he told CBS.

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