Defense Secretary James Mattis has not ruled out the possibility of launching airstrikes against Syria in response to the chemical attacks by its government against its own people.
Speaking with reports on Monday, Mattis said he wouldn’t “rule out anything right now” after being asked if the US was mulling strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad. WRAL TV5
“The first thing we have to look at is why chemical weapons are still being used at all. Russia was the framework guarantor of removing all the chemical weapons and so working with our allies and partners, from NATO to Qatar and elsewhere we are going to address this issue.” ~ Defense Secretary James Mattis
US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron had vowed a strong response to the suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma and the UN Security Council was expected to discuss the crisis later on Monday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed reports that the Syrian government was responsible for the alleged incident, saying the claims were yet another example of a “continuous series of fake news about the use of chlorine and other chemical agents by the government forces.”
“The goal of this… baseless speculation is to shield the terrorists and… the radical opposition that refuse to engage in a political settlement [process], as well as to justify potential military strikes from the outside,” the ministry said in a statement.
Moscow went on to warn that any military action taken in response to the alleged attack would be “absolutely unacceptable” and could lead to “dire consequences.”
In 2017 the United States responded to the chemical attacks that took place against civilians. We fired 87 Tomahawk missiles into an abandoned Air Base, the missiles hit 7 guards that were stationed to keep people out of the abandoned air base.
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