Syria possess no chemical weapons

Syria possess no chemical weapons

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday that although the us strategy in Syria is to defeat ISIS and "not engage in the civil war itself", some things, like the use of chemical weapons, are "simply inexcusable beyond the pale" and "in the worst interest... of civilization itself".

Syria destroyed its chemical weapons stockpile in 2013 in a deal brokered by Russian Federation and the United States in exchange for the latter's agreement not to attack the Middle Eastern country.

On the complicated nature of the fight in Syria, Mattis said "at times you're going to see contrary impulses", after Rep. Joe Courtney, a Connecticut Democrat, read out some of President Donald Trump's tweets this week, first vowing to strike Syria, then suggesting the strikes may not be soon.

"As each day goes by - as you know, it is a non-persistent gas - so it becomes more and more hard to confirm it". "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place", he tweeted.

"On a strategic level, [the issue is] how do we keep this from escalating out of control, if you get my drift on that", he said, likely alluding to the prospects of a confrontation between Russian and USA forces deployed in the Middle Eastern country.

But Haley said she's satisfied and urged caution in the US' response to the chemical weapons attack Saturday in Douma that killed at least 60 people.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he would be having more meetings Thursday about the Syria situation, and "we'll see what happens".




Asked in a TV interview whether France would join strikes on Syria, Macron said, "We will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it to be most useful and effective", according to Agence France Presse.

"I don't want to get into the details of a potential decision by the commander in chief", Mattis told Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass.

"We're still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies", Mattis said. "It's too bad the world puts us in a position like that".

One of his biggest concerns in a potential strike, however, is the death of innocent civilians, Mattis said. It is in the United States' best interests that worldwide agreements banning the use of chemical weapons be obeyed, he said.

Mattis also accused Russian Federation of being complicit in Syria's retention of chemical weapons, despite a 2013 deal requiring Syria to abandon them that Moscow helped broker.

"France will not allow any escalation that could harm the stability of the region as a whole but we can't let regimes that think they can do everything they want, including the worst things that violate worldwide law, to act", Macron said. "We know how much we have to work with".

Mattis also rejected questions over Trump's war powers authority to launch strikes in Syria. The U.S. deficit is slated to reach $1 trillion by 2020.

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