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  Original Published: 9/19/2013 Syria's president sticks by his story, accusing rebels of using chemical weapons in an attack last month. United Nations weapons inspectors confirmed the use of those weapons in a report this week, but they did not confirm who used them. Andrew Spencer reports that point has not escaped Bashar al-Assad. "They have the samples, and they're supposed to be objective," says Bashar al-Assad, Syria President. Assad says he hasn't yet analysed the report from U.N. weapons inspectors that was delivered to the U.N. Security Council earlier this week. But, on Wednesday, Assad argued in an interview with Fox News that there is evidence from "both sides," claiming rebels had just as much capability of carrying out a chemical weapons strike in Damascus, last month. "Any rebel can make Sarin," said Assad. "Sarin gas, called 'Kitchen Gas' because anyone can make it." The U.S. State Department has repeatedly disagreed. "We have seen no credible reporting, no credible evidence that the opposition has used chemical weapons in Syria. Period," says Marie Hart, Deputy State Department spokeswoman. As the United Nations Security Council looks at ways to take control of Syria's chemical weapons, the Obama administration considers what action it could take, now that a Congressional vote on military strikes has been postponed. Two administration officials confirm to CNN, the Defense Department has "put a proposal on the table" for U.S. military troops to not only provide equipment to, but also train some opposition forces. "We have any number of options under development that could expand our support to the moderate opposition, but no decision has been taken at this point," says Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The emphasis on "moderate" is key amid reports that militants linked to Al-Qaeda have tried to use the conflict to their advantage.
   
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