Mat­tis: Warn­ing Syria on at­tack worked

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Carlo Muñoz

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.

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