Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives an interview to journalists from the Russia newspaper Izvestia on Sunday, August 25, 2013. In response to assertions by free Syrian forces that his military used chemical weapons against them Assad said, "the area is in contiguity with the Syrian Army positions, so how is it possible that any country would use chemical weapons, or any weapons of mass destruction, in an area where its own forces are located; this is preposterous! These accusations are completely politicised (sic) and come on the back of the advances made by the Syrian Army against the terrorists." Interviewers asked Assad about his claims that Israel is backing Islamists seeking to topple his regime, when Islamists are opposed to Israel. Assad said, "These groups were initially created in the early 80's by the United States and the West, with Saudi funding, to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. So logically speaking, how could such groups manufactured by the US and the West ever strike Israel!" Assad said. He says further that Israel aids rebels by treating their wounded, firing on the Syrian Army, and allowing rebels to pass through Israeli territory.
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