BERLIN - Syrian President Bashar Assad would not be "so
stupid" as to use chemical weapons close to Damascus, the leader of the
country's largest Kurdish group said.
Saleh Muslim, head of the Kurdish
Democratic Union Party (PYD), said he doubted the Syrian president would resort
to using such weapons when he felt he had the upper hand in the country's civil
He suggested last Wednesday's attack, which the opposition says was
carried out by government forces and killed hundreds of people, was aimed at
framing Assad and provoking an international reaction. Assad has denied his
forces used chemical weapons.