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Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Syria possess no chemical weapons

Syria possess no chemical weapons

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is at the very least expressing caution about the possibility of USA military strikes in Syria in the wake of the hysteria over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma on April 7.

World powers have threatened a strong response to Saturday's attack, with French President Emmanuel Macron saying Thursday he had "proof" Syria's government was behind it.

Mattis declined to discuss US military planning on Syria but he acknowledged two main concerns as Washington mulls potential action against Syria's Bashar al-Assad's forces: protecting civilians and avoiding triggering a military escalation that could get "out of control".

"As each day goes by - as you know, it is a non-persistent gas - so it becomes more and more hard to confirm it".

"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place", Trump said.

"We're trying to stop the murder of innocent people". Trump, who was slated to meet with Mattis and other national security advisers later Thursday about Syria, later said the decision could be made "fairly soon".

Syria and Russian Federation have both denied the accusations, and the global chemical weapons watchdog said its team would begin its investigation on Saturday.

But Mattis added that even if the investigative team is allowed by the Bashar al-Assad regime to get to the site, "we will not know who did it - they can only say they found evidence or they did not".

"Now we have to make some further decisions".

In fact, Defense Secretary James Mattis told lawmakers today that he will provide the White House with military options against the Syrian regime, but the president has not yet settled on a course of action. "Our strategy is to engage by, with and through allies in all things we do".

Warning that he was concerned that a United States strike might lead to an "out of control" escalation in the Syrian war, Mattis said that Washington was "committed to ending that war through the Geneva process through the United Nations orchestrated effort".

"This is a complex area, I'll be the first to admit it", Mattis said. "We're still working on this", he reiterated.

"France will not allow any escalation that could harm the stability of the region as a whole but we can't let regimes that think they can do everything they want, including the worst things that violate global law, to act", Macron said. Recently, the Russian ambassador to Lebanon has vowed that Russia will shoot down any US cruise missiles launched at Syria. It is in the United States' best interests that worldwide agreements banning the use of chemical weapons be obeyed, he said.

Emphasizing that the use of chemical weapons was "simply inexcusable", the defense secretary also accused Moscow of complicity in Syria's alleged retention of a chemical weapons stockpile.

Russian lawmakers have warned the United States that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime and that it could trigger a direct U.S-Russian military clash.

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