Charlie Rose Interviews Syria's Bashar Al-Assad In Damascus

Charlie Rose Interviews Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad

Charlie Rose interviewed Syria's president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday.

CBS News' Bob Schieffer announced the news on "Face the Nation" Sunday. The full interview will air on the "Charlie Rose Show" Monday night — the same day as President Obama's recorded interviews with six networks. Portions of the interview will also air on Monday's "CBS This Morning," and other platforms across CBS News.

Rose previewed the interview on Sunday, speaking on the phone from Beirut. He told Schieffer that Assad "denied that he had anything to do with the attack."

Rose traveled to the palace in Damascus for the sit-down. He was accompanied by Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of "60 Minutes." The interview comes as the White House attempts to make the case for U.S. military intervention in Syria.

It is the first interview that Assad has given to an American news network in two years. Barbara Walters sat down with him in Syria in 2011. The conflict in Syria has been notoriously difficult and dangerous for journalists to cover. Twenty-eight journalists were killed in Syria in 2012, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, while kidnapping remains a persistent threat.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article identified Fager as the president of CBS News.

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