Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

Mattis says Syria's government taking US threat seriously

Russian Federation also warned Washington against further "irresponsible" actions in violation of the UN Charter and generally recognized norms of worldwide law as in the US missile strike on a Syrian regime air base in response to the Idlib attack.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said the USA had seen "activity" at Shayrat airfield that "indicated active preparations for chemical weapons use".

Mattis wouldn't say what specifically triggered US concerns that an attack might be imminent. Syria denied the charge.

Mattis did not directly speak to United States intelligence about Shayrat Airbase.

Nikki Haley says the goal was not to just send Assad a message.

"If they have another fight and they need, you know, the light trucks that they've been using ... we'll get them that".

"I think the president speaking about (these preparations) says how seriously we took them".

Trump has said he won't stand for Syria's use of chemical weapons, which are banned under worldwide law and are particularly worrisome in the Arab country because they could fall into extremists' hands.

The U.S. responded to that attack by hitting the airfield with dozens of cruise missiles.

Trump said at the time that the Khan Sheikhoun attack crossed "many, many lines", and called on "all civilized nations" to join the seeking an end to the carnage in Syria.

Less than an hour after Spicer issued the statement, Trump was back to tweeting about the 2016 campaign, denouncing investigations into potential collusion between Moscow and his campaign aides as a "Witch Hunt!"

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The overnight White House threat caught many in Trump's own administration by surprise.

Days after that strike on a rebel-held town, the United States launched a cruise missile strike on the airfield in retaliation - the first direct U.S. attack on the Syrian regime.

During an interview on CNN's "Erin Burnett Outfront", Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka said he was unable to discuss the specific intelligence that prompted the warning or what a "heavy price" might mean. "Anonymous leaks to the contrary are false", Sanders said.

Ali Haidar, the minister for national reconciliation, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the White House statement foreshadowed a "diplomatic battle" that would be waged against Syria in the halls of the United Nations. A senior Russian lawmaker accused the USA of a "provocation".

The U.S. strike in April was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Trump's most dramatic military order since becoming president.

For now, Syria's Shayrat airbase remains under constant overhead surveillance by the USA for further signs of whether a chemical strike may be in the works.

Syria maintained it hadn't used chemical weapons and blamed opposition fighters for stockpiling the chemicals.

"They didn't do it", Mattis said.

The coalition has been striking IS in Syria and Iraq since mid-2014 but has also been involved in recent confrontations with Assad s forces, raising fears of the United States being drawn into Syria s civil war.

Associated Press writers Jill Colvin, Josh Lederman, Lolita C. Baldor, Richard Lardner, Vivian Salama and Matthew Lee contributed to this report.

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