Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

James Mattis: Strikes send 'clear message' to Syria's 'murderous lieutenants'

James Mattis: Strikes send 'clear message' to Syria's 'murderous lieutenants'

Mattis insisted that Trump has not yet made a decision to strike Syria, after the president earlier had tweeted that action "could be very soon or not so soon at all!".

Mattis was asked about President Donald Trump's comments that the US and its partners intend to sustain the strikes on Syria if Bashar al-Assad's regime continues to use chemical weapons.

Along with them, France's President Emmanuel Macron was quoted as saying that he has got "proof" that the Syrian government targeted civilians in Douma with chemical weapons last week.

Defense Secretary Jim 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".

Mattis is asking that "responsible nations" join in condemning the Assad regime. He talked about the three nations have "marshaled their righteous vitality".

Nonetheless Trump says America would not search "an indefinite presence" in Syria and might look to pull out its troops as quickly because the Islamic State is totally defeated.

In an address Friday night, President Donald Trump said that Washington was prepared to "sustain" pressure on the Assad regime until it stopped its use of chemical weapons against its own people.

Friday's strikes appear to signal Trump's willingness to draw the United States more deeply into the Syrian conflict.

James Mattis also urged the world community to act together with a singular resolve to prevent any country from using chemical weapons in future.

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"Trump is also offering prayers for the Middle East and for the United States".

The defense secretary says the airstrikes were launched against several sites that he says helped provide Assad's ability to create chemical weapons.

President Donald Trump is warning Russian Federation and Iran about their affiliation with Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad's authorities, as he broadcasts the launch of retaliatory strikes after an apparent chemical weapons assault closing week.

"On April 7 the regime made a decision to again defy the norms of civilized people, showing callous disregard for worldwide law by using chemical weapons to murder women, children and other innocents", Mattis began.

At the House hearing, Democrat representative Tulsi Gabbard disputed Trump's legal authority to act without congressional authority and suggested a USA strike would lead to war with Russian Federation.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said in London that the West had tried "every possible" diplomatic means to stop Assad from using chemical weapons. But an accidental USA strike on Russian or Iranian positions could dramatically escalate tensions in the region.

A French frigate, British Royal Navy submarines laden with cruise missiles and the USS Donald Cook, an American destroyer equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles, have all moved into striking range.

Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, said the president had not yet made a final decision, two days after he tweeted that Russian Federation should "get ready" because a missile attack "will be coming" at Moscow's chief Middle East ally.

"We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences", said Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

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