Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Mattis: Syria Strikes a 'One-Time Shot,' Further Operations Will Depend on Assad

Mattis: Syria Strikes a 'One-Time Shot,' Further Operations Will Depend on Assad

Mattis says military strikes in Syria are "directed at the Syrian regime" and they have "gone to great lengths to avoid civilians and foreign casualties".

US President Donald Trump is pushing for a broader military offensive in Syria but Defense Secretary James Mattis has resisted for fear of sparking a clash with Russian Federation, media reported citing White House officials. It said a pro-Damascus "anti-terror axis" was confronting the attack, language suggesting that Assad's ally Russian Federation may be helping to fend off the assault.

"That will depend on Mr. Assad", Mattis said at a Pentagon briefing Friday night, when asked whether there would be more military operations, following U.S., French, and British strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

Defense Secretary James Mattis reported Friday night that the USA attack on Syria was "a one-time shot", at least for now, and that as of 10:10 EST, the U.S. attacks were over.

Last year, the United States only waged strikes on Syria after determining that more deadly sarin gas was used and some USA media had reported that Washington was confident Assad had also used sarin on April 7.

The defence secretary says Friday's strikes have "sent a clear message" to Assad and his "murderous lieutenants".

The strikes are expected to lead to the "long-term degradation" of Syria's chemical weapons capabilities, as the American-led attack is believed to have obliterated essential data, equipment and stockpiles. A huge fire could be seen from a distance to the east.

He said the president had Article II authority, allowing him to protect USA forces deployed to Syria. The attack destroyed Syrian aircraft but left Assad in power.

"I believe there was a chemical attack and we are looking for the actual evidence", Mattis told lawmakers, adding he wanted inspectors in Syria "probably within the week".

Macron says in a press launch Saturday that France's "pink line has been crossed" after a suspected chemical assault closing week inside the Syrian metropolis of Douma. President Bashar Assad's authorities denies responsibility.

Buffon Calls Ref A Dream Killer With A Trash Can Heart
We were just seconds from the end. "We played a great game over there, left with 3-0 and today everything was in reverse". Lucas was tackled from behind and if they don't give him the penalty, it's a goal ", he said via Sky Sports .

"The second target was a chemical weapon storage facility, west of Homs". He is not giving particulars about what instruments is anxious inside the operation or what web sites it is concentrating on.

The Trump administration did not lay the blame only at the feet of Syria's leader.

But in anticipation of any pushback from Syria or Russia, Dunford said the USA commander in Syria has changed the force protection levels for the 2,000 US troops there fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in case of retaliation. But Mattis added that there was no reports of losses to the United States. He said the USA has "a lot of media and social media indicators that either chlorine or sarin were used".

Last year, in response to a chemical weapons attack against civilians and to signal the regime to cease chemical weapons use, we targeted the military base from which the weapons were delivered.

Trump in meetings with Mattis has pushed for an attack that would also hurt Russian Federation and Iran in addition to the Syrian government in response to an alleged chemical attack in Duma, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Although Mattis noted that military action carried risks, he also emphasised that Syrian use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated.

Trump said he would make a decision "fairly soon" about a strike.

He supplies ominously, "Hopefully someday we'll get along with Russian Federation, and even perhaps Iran, nevertheless maybe not".

President Donald Trump is asking for a "prayer for our noble warriors" as he concludes his remarks announcing strikes on targets associated with the Syrian chemical weapons program.

Like this: