Mattis Won’t Rule Out Military Action Against Syria After Chemical Attack
Dozens died after a chemical attack in Douma, just east of Damascus.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced that he won’t rule out anything, including military action, against Syria after a chemical attack that killed dozens. From CNN:
The US has not ruled out launching airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in response to the weekend’s suspected chemical gas attack on civilians, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday.
“I don’t rule out anything right now,” Mattis said while hosting Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, at the Pentagon.
“The first thing we have to look at is why are chemical weapons still being used at all when Russia was the framework guarantor of removing all chemical weapons, and so working with our allies and partners from NATO to Qatar and elsewhere we are going to address this issue,” Mattis continued.
President Donald Trump on Sunday warned Syria and its two closest allies, Russia and Iran, of a “big price to pay” following the attack, and slammed Assad as an “animal” on Twitter.
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