Syria appears to have heeded US warning on chemical attack: Jim Mattis

The White House issued the warning on Monday to Syria's leadership based on intelligence about what appeared to be active preparations at a Syrian airfield allegedly used for such an attack in April, US officials said on Tuesday.

By: Reuters | Brussels | Published:June 28, 2017 8:36 pm
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Syria appears to have heeded a US warning against staging any new chemical weapons attack as no such action has been launched, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday. “It appears that they took the warning seriously,” Mattis told reporters flying with him to Brussels for a meeting of NATO defence ministers. “They didn’t do it.” Asked whether he believed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had called off any such strike completely, Mattis said: “I think you better ask Assad about that.”

The White House issued the warning on Monday to Syria’s leadership based on intelligence about what appeared to be active preparations at a Syrian airfield allegedly used for such an attack in April, US officials said on Tuesday. Syria denied it carried out the attack. Mattis did not directly speak to US intelligence about Shayrat Airbase. However, he said that Syria’s chemical weapons threat was larger than any single location.

“I think that Assad’s chemical program goes far beyond one airfield,” he said. Russia, Assad’s main international backer, has denounced the warning and dismissed White House assertions that a strike was being prepared as “unacceptable,” raising the tension between Washington and Moscow over the Syrian civil war.

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    Bopdji
    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:45 pm
    Simply put US “friends” in the region had intended to create another fake story of Assad using chemical weapons. These “friends” of US had intended to plant a real chemical bomb to kill civilians and then publish photos, which would result in US bombing Assad’s forces directly. Russia warned these “friends” of US against such an action and also warned US. So this “chemical attack” did not materialize. For those who do not know who these “friends” of US are in the region, you should look at who is likely to benefit most from total annihilation of Syria. It is Israel.
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