Assad Blames U.S. for Collapse of Syria Cease-fire, Denies Besieging Aleppo

September 22, 2016 12:08 PM

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Assad Blames U.S. for Collapse of Syria Cease-fire, Denies Besieging Aleppo

DAMASCUS, Syria — President Bashar al-Assad rejected U.S. accusations that Syrian or Russian planes struck an aid convoy in Aleppo or that his troops were preventing food from entering the city's rebel-held neighborhoods, blaming the U.S. for the collapse of a cease-fire many had hoped would bring relief to the war-ravaged country.

In an interview with The Associated Press in Damascus, Assad also said deadly U.S. airstrikes on Syrian troops last week were intentional — dismissing American officials' statements that they were an accident. Assad said the U.S. lacked "the will" to join forces with Russia in fighting extremists.

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