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Mattis: Trump's Warning to Assad on Chemical Weapons Worked

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 12:25 PM

The U.S. warning to Syria President Bashar Assad not to carry out a chemical attack on his own people appears to have been taken seriously by the regime because "they didn't do it," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported.

Asked how confident he is that Assad won't carry out the attack, Mattis said, "I'm not paid to have confidence in this sort of thing. I'm paid to be one of the sentinels that watches for it."

The defense secretary, who was speaking on a flight from Germany to Belgium, said he believes Assad violated an agreement by keeping chemical weapons in more than one location.

The White House on Monday night took the unusual step of warning the Assad regime ahead of a possible attack, saying "the United States is in Syria to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. If, however, Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price."

Mattis would not say exactly what the U.S. observed that made it concerned about what was going on at the Shayrat air base, the same place from which a Syrian warplane dropped deadly sarin nerve gas on Idlib, killing dozens of civilians in April, Stars and Stripes reported.

Following that attack, the U.S. responded by firing 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at aircraft, fuel facilities and storage facilities in the air base.

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The U.S. warning to Syria President Bashar Assad not to carry out a chemical attack on his own people appears to have been taken seriously by the regime because "they didn't do it," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported.
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