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James Mattis on Launching Attack Against Assad Regime in Syria: ‘I Don’t Rule Out Anything’

Defense Secretary James Mattis said a military strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces is still a possibility, as allies of the regime are suspected in a chemical attack that reportedly injured hundreds of civilians.

When asked about the potential for US military action in Syria, Mattis said, “I don’t rule out anything right now.”

“The first thing we have to look at is why are chemical weapons still being used at all when Russia was the framework guarantor of removing all chemical weapons, and so working with our allies and partners from NATO to Qatar and elsewhere we are going to address this issue,” Mattis added while at the Pentagon.

President Donald Trump, who previously launched a strike on a Syrian airbase last year after another alleged chemical attack took place, has taken to Twitter to voice his concerns with “Animal Assad” and claim there will be a “price to pay”:

“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!”

Watch above, via CNN.

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