Syria appears to have heeded U.S. warning on chemical attack: Mattis


The Trump administration may be gearing up for another military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military.

"The warning that the president put out last night ... is very much letting them know that we're not going to give you a path for using chemical weapons on men, women and children", Haley said during testimony before the House Appropriations Committee.

The Syrian regime denied the Trump administration's allegation that it is preparing for another chemical weapons attack. Mattis said. "You stay focused on where the enemy is and you set up any number of coordination efforts if you're getting near converging forces, either Assad regime or Russian". The U.S. previously launched airstrikes against the airfield in April, after Mr. Assad's forces were accused of launching an attack with sarin gas.

Syrian and Russian officials rejected the accusation, calling the White House statement a provocation.

Critics said Trump's off-topic musings, sent as the White House and defense officials coordinated an ominous public warning to an enemy state, were seen as poorly timed.

The White House statement on Monday night was made without forewarning and caught State Department officials by surprise.

There's been limited and fairly predictable worldwide response to the statement thus far.

Russia's air intervention from September 2015 against rebels pushed the Syrian civil war decisively in Assad's favor.

"I think that my counterparts from the intelligence services and the Defence Ministry would share their anxiety if such information emerges", Peskov said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.

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The army has captured two neighbourhoods northwest of the historic Grand al-Nuri Mosque, which was destroyed last week. They were making extensive use of booby traps, suicide bombers and sniper fire to slow the advance of Iraqi forces.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon said what looked like active preparations for a chemical attack had been seen at Shayrat, in south-east of Homs. Over the weekend, investigative reporter Seymour Hersh called into question numerous details of the incident.

The U.S. has demonstrated its willingness to carry out strikes against the Syrian regime and its allied forces, including Iran, over the past three months. American aircraft have twice bombed Assad-supporting militias in southern Syria, on May 18 and June 6.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis briefs the press prior to a.

Officials in Damascus dismissed the US accusations.

On Wednesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov assured that Syrian army troops pose no threat to U.S. forces, Russia's RIA news agency reported.

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In May, Macron also warned the use of chemical weapons is a "red line" that would draw reprisal from France.

"If this happens again, we are putting you on notice".

"As long as it's worked out by the commanders and enough people know about it in sufficient time, there are ways that have proven that we can do this", Mattis said.