Allied Strikes Hit Three Key Syrian Targets, Pentagon Explains

14 April, 2018, 10:44 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • US 'still assessing the intelligence' on alleged Syrian chemical attack, defense secretary says

The statement comes two days after President Trump, mocking Russian Federation for saying they would intercept U.S. missiles attacking Syria, told them to "get ready".

The alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma has been blamed on the Syrian government, and U.S. President Donald Trump said a strong response would be taken, refusing to rule out military strikes.

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!" "We assessed that this was the primary location of Syrian sarin and precursor production equipment", he said.

Sanders said Trump would speak later with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

On April 7th, the regime chose to again defy the norms of civilized people, showing callous disregard for global law by using chemical weapons to murder women, children and other innocents.

The President also insisted that the U.S. would not remain engaged in Syria forever under any circumstances.

"Our strategy remains the same as a year ago", he said. This time, our allies and we have struck harder.

"We have not yet made any decision to launch military attacks into Syria", Mattis told lawmakers on the House Armed Services committee.

The defense secretary said that he did believe that a chemical attack did take place, but that the U.S. was still "looking for the actual evidence".

Later he was noncommittal. He has previously told his national security team he wants United States troops to exit Syria within six months. As a result of this attack at least 70 people died.

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Mattis briefed reporters at the Pentagon Friday an hour after President Donald Trump announced the strike.

With respect to retaliation, Gen. Dunford said he was unaware of any USA troop losses, and could neither confirm or deny Syrian reports of missiles being shot down.

French President Emmanuel Macron says his nation, the U.S. and Britain have launched a navy operation in opposition to the Syrian authorities's "clandestine chemical arsenal". In his conversation with May, the two "agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", according to May's office. "We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences".

Friday's strike was launched in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack last Saturday which killed dozens of people, and injured scores more.

"We're looking very, very seriously, very closely, at that whole situation", the President said from the Cabinet Room. Now, Mattis said, Russian Federation is "complicit" in helping the regime retain them.

Defense Secretary Mattis told the Congress that the United States is committed to ending Syria civil war through Geneva process, blames Russian Federation for being complicit in Syrian regime's retention of chemical weapons.

Speaking at a session of the United Nations Security Council on Friday, US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley described a deliberative process. More broadly, he doubted the wisdom of bombing.

The President signaled in a morning tweet that the USA would fire missiles into Syria: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria". "We need to know where that's going, what the goal of it is before we take that act". But Mattis added that there was no reports of losses to the United States. During the Pentagon briefing, it was revealed that three facilities had been targeted, all related to Syrian chemical storing, and scientific research facilities.

"I'm not ready to speculate that that would happen", Mattis replied.

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