Mattis: nothing ruled out in response to suspected Syria chemical attack

WASHINGTON, Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Monday raised the possibility of US action against Syria if it was proved to have carried out a chemical weapons attack. “I don’t rule out anything right now,” Mattis said during a Pentagon meeting when asked about the possibility of US action against Syria in the wake of a suspected chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma. The attack reportedly killed dozens, including women and children.

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and its main ally, Russia, have denied involvement in the strike.

In brief remarks to reporters, Mattis said the US would consult with its allies in the region before deciding the US response to the suspected chemical attack.

Meanwhile, Syria and Russia blamed Israel for carrying out an air strike on a Syrian air base near Homs on Monday. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied launching the strike at the base, but Israeli officials have said the base was being used by troops from Iran, and that Israel would not accept such a presence in Syria.

Source: Kuwait News Agency