Syrian President Bashar al-Assad refuted allegations that his regime attacked rebel forces and civilians with chemical weapons, calling the accusation "nonsense" and predicting that any attempt by the U.S. to attack Syria would fail.
"Failure awaits the United States as in all previous wars it has unleashed, starting with Vietnam and up to the present day," Assad said in an interview with the Russian daily Izvestia.
The Syrian president called accusations of chemical weapon use "an insult to common sense" and "politically motivated."
"This is not logical. That's why these accusations are politically motivated, and a recent string of victories of the government forces is the reason for it," he said.
"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?" he said.
Assad also said Israel's treating "dozens of terrorists in its hospitals" evidenced its support of rebel forces and that Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are funding the "terrorists."