Syrian Govt Says US Strike ‘Would Benefit al-Qaeda’
Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has stated that any US military action against Syria would amount to "support for al-Qaeda and its affiliates.”
Mekhad has claimed that armed groups backed by America had used chemical weapons in the country – and not Syrian troops.
The official has also told the BBC that a possible US intervention would deepen "hatred for the Americans" and destabilise the whole Middle East.
He said that US President Barack Obama's surprise decision to seek congressional approval for strikes showed that he had not thought through all the "consequences".
But he added: "This did not change anything, since he (President Obama) is determined to launch an attack".
The US earlier said it had evidence that Damascus had used the nerve agent sarin in a deadly attack last week. US lawmakers are due to reconvene next week, and White House officials have said they believe they will support the president.