Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Mattis Says US Strikes Directed at Assad Regime

Gen. Dunford on Syria Airstrikes: We Did Not Coordinate With Russians or Pre-Notify Them Mattis Says US Strikes Directed at Assad Regime
Jay Anderson | 14 April, 2018, 22:14

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Marine General Joseph Dunford said three main chemical weapons facilities were targeted by both missiles from the sea and fired from aircraft, which triggered Syrian air defenses.

"Now you can look back to a year ago when we did fire missiles into Syria unrelated to ISIS, and that was of course the use of chemical weapons".

"Important infrastructure was destroyed". "They will lose years of research-and-development data, specialized equipment and expensive chemical weapons precursors".

With respect to retaliation, Gen. Dunford said he was unaware of any United States troop losses, and could neither confirm or deny Syrian reports of missiles being shot down.

He added that lawmakers would be notified before any strikes against Syrian weapons facilities and airfields to punish President Bashar Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons over the weekend.

"The strike has been what many people here are bracing for", Doane said.

The last target was a military command post and chemical weapons storage facility.

The US and Russian Federation maintain a "deconfliction line" between the US al-Udeid air base in Qatar and Russia's Hmeymim military base in Syria to prevent conflicts.

Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council on Wednesday that the current threats against Russia exceed any historic precedent, "even during the Cold War". "This year, the USA and our allies have struck harder", Secretary of Defense James Mattis revealed at a Pentagon press briefing Friday night.




"We are very confident that chlorine was used". Those were active this week to work through the air space issues and so forth.

Mattis also addressed the evidence showing that the Syrian regime had conducted the chemical weapons attack, amid allegations that it was fabricated and his own doubts expressed Thursday afternoon. Russia, meanwhile, claimed Friday to be in possession of "irrefutable evidence" the alleged chemical attack was a "staged incident", according to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Explosions are being heard to the east, west and south of Damascus as a result of the U.S., U.Okay. and France conduct airstrikes in retaliation for an alleged chemical assault by the Syrian authorities by itself people.

He said under Article 2 of the US constitution, the US President has all the powers and rights to protect US interests and nation security.

Mattis did not reveal the number of missiles used in the strike, but said the USA and its partners had "used a little over double the number of weapons this year than we used last year".

"Until we have a more long-term strategy, until we have some idea where we're going in Syria and the Middle East, it seems unwise, to me, to start launching missiles", said Smith.

Mattis and Dunford also made clear the strikes had ended for the time being. We were not out to expand this, we were very precise and proportionate.

The US, France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, US officials have said. Now, Mattis said, Russian Federation is "complicit" in helping the regime retain them.

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