Mattis: Warning Syria on attack worked
The Syrian regime has taken the White House’s warning over the future use of chemical weapons in the country’s ongoing civil war to heart, according to Defense Secretary James Mattis.
“It appears they have taken the warning seriously,” Mr. Mattis told reporters traveling with the defense chief to a meeting with NATO leaders in Europe this week.
When asked what proof he had that Damascus had heeded Washington’s red line on chemical weapons use, the Pentagon chief replied succinctly: “They didn’t do it.”
Mr. Mattis‘ comments come days after the Trump administration issued an unprecedented public warning to Syria on Monday night over a looming chemical attack, indicating the U.S. was prepared to take military action against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad should such an attack take place.