Syrian Army defectors deny attacking Baath office

Last Updated: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 14:27

Beirut: The commander of a group of Syrian Army defectors has denied earlier claims that his followers attacked the headquarters of Syria`s ruling Baath party in the capital Damascus.

Riad al-Asaad, a Turkey-based Air Force colonel who heads the Free Syrian Army, says in a video posted online that the attack was "fabricated" by President Bashar Assad`s regime to harm the image of the "revolution”.

Al-Asaad`s statement late Sunday came hours after his group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on its Facebook page. It was not clear why the FSA retracted its claim.

Al-Asaad said his group does not attack civilian targets.

Activists said rocket-propelled grenades struck the Baath party headquarters early Sunday.

Bureau Report




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