Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday warned the Syrian regime to think carefully before using chemical weapons again.
Mattis’ threat appeared to be in reference to the U.S. military strikes on a Syrian airfield last April, which were in retaliation for a chemical attack carried out by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad days earlier, Politico reported.
“You’ve all seen how we reacted to that,” Mattis said, adding that the Syrian regime “would be ill-advised” to launch more chemical attacks, as some recent reports from inside the country suggest.
Mattis acknowledged those reports and said the Pentagon was looking for evidence to confirm them. “Groups on the ground, NGOs, fighters have said” that the regime has used sarin gas in recent attacks, he said, but “we do not have evidence.”
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