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Agence France-Presse
Damascus, August 28, 2013
Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi today accused Western countries of "inventing" excuses to take military action against Syria over its alleged chemical weapons attacks. "Western countries, starting with the United States, are inventing fake scenarios and fictitious alibis to intervene militarily in Syria," he said, quoted by state television.

Halqi said his country would be come a "graveyard of the invaders" if there were a military intervention.

"Syria... will surprise the aggressors as it surprised them during" the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in which Arab forces carried out a sneak attack on Israel, "and will be the graveyard of the invaders," he was quoted by state television as saying.