Canada convinced Assad government behind chemical attack

Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:53pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is convinced that President Bashar al-Assad was behind the August 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chief spokesman said on Friday, reiterating that Canada has no plans for military action against Syria.

"The public record is clear and all I can tell you is that based on what we've been shown, we're of the opinion that the Assad regime is behind the attack," Andrew MacDougall, director of communications for the prime minister, told reporters.

MacDougall said there were no plans to recall Parliament for a debate on the Syria issue.

(Reporting by Louise Egan; editing by Christopher Wilson)

Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters are seen at a tank that belonged to forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after the FSA said they fought and defeated government troops in the town of Basr al-Harir in the southern province of Deraa in this August 27, 2013 picture provided by the Shaam News Network. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ibrahim al-Hariri/Shaam News Network/Handout via Reuters