Secretary of Defense James Mattis addressed reporters alongside Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford on Friday night — after a coalition of the U.S. joined France and the U.K. and launched airstrikes in Syria — and said the attack was a “one-time shot.”
Mattis was asked about President Donald Trump’s comments that the U.S. and its partners intend to sustain the strikes on Syria if Bashar al-Assad’s regime continues to use chemical weapons.
“That will depend on Mr. Assad, should he decide to use more chemical weapons in the future,” Mattis replied. “And of course the powers that have signed the chemical weapons prohibition have every reason to challenge Assad should he choose to violate that.”
“But right now this is a one-time shot and I believe that it sent a very strong message to dissuade him to, to deter him from doing this again,” the Secretary of Defense added.
The strikes in Syria came in response to the alleged chemical attack carried out in a town in western Syria, near Damascus, that killed dozens, including children. The U.S., France and Britain condemned Assad’s regime — as well as his allies Russia and Iran — for the attack.
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