US Defense Secretary says Syria strikes directed at Assad regime

Gen. Dunford on Syria Airstrikes: We Did Not Coordinate With Russians or Pre-Notify Them

Gen. Dunford on Syria Airstrikes: We Did Not Coordinate With Russians or Pre-Notify Them

Defense Secretary James Mattis reported Friday night that the United States attack on Syria was "a one-time shot", at least for now, and that as of 10:10 EST, the United States attacks were over.

US President Donald Trump is pushing for a broader military offensive in Syria but Defense Secretary James Mattis has resisted for fear of sparking a clash with Russian Federation, media reported citing White House officials.

Mattis says the United States, along with France and the UK, struck on account of Syrian President Bashar Assad "did not get the message" when the USA launched airstrikes after a chemical assault in 2017.

The defence secretary says Friday's strikes have "sent a clear message" to Assad and his "murderous lieutenants".

Asked about concerns in planning a strike on Assad's regime, Mattis cited worry over inadvertently causing civilian casualties and avoiding anything that would trigger a wider war.

In London, the British Cabinet had "agreed that the Assad regime has a track record of the use of chemical weapons and it is highly likely that the regime is responsible for Saturday's attack", Downing Street said in a statement.

President Donald Trump is reiterating his call to have other nations take on more of the burden in Syria. He said the three nations have "marshaled their righteous power".

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.

US President Donald Trump has delayed a final decision on possible military strikes against Syria after tweeting earlier that they could happen "very soon or not so soon at all".

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Trump indicated the strikes would continue until the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons ends.

And he described the Middle East as a "troubled place".

Despite foreign allies' expressions of confidence in the Syrian regime's culpability in the attack, USA officials have not ventured that far in public.

Mr. Mattis said the missiles targeted several chemical weapons sites.

Trump has signaled in newest weeks that, no matter advice from his nationwide security group, he wished to hurry up the timetable of the withdrawal of American forces.

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

Mattis says the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people last week. He says a "combined operation" with France and the United Kingdom is underway. The Cabinet agreed on the need to "take action" to deter further chemical weapons use by Assad, but added that May would continue to consult with allies to coordinate an worldwide response.

That's primarily based on a provide acquainted with the president's plans, who was not accepted to speak publicly.

The ambassador said that Russian specialists went to Douma to inspect the situation, but could not find any evidence of a chemical attack: "Locals were interviewed about the cessation of resistance to the fighters". Gen. Dunford said the USA used deconfliction lines to tell Russian Federation that they were using the airspace involved in the attack, but gave them no indication what was being hit.

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