McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

September 9, 2013

On TV, Syria’s Assad denies accusations


McALESTER — Syrian President Bashar Assad is undertaking a public relations campaign of his own, granting an interview to American television journalist Charlie Rose in which he rejected U.S. allegations that his forces deployed chemical weapons. The interview, which was to air after President Barack Obama gave interviews to six U.S. television networks, was a rare Assad’ appearance on a U.S. television outlet since Obama called for Assad to step down two years ago.