Syria still has chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Mattis says

Saturday, 22 April 2017, 01:16:55 AM. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Syria still possesses banned chemical weapons.
Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again. At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Mattis also said that in recent days the Syrian Air Force has dispersed its combat aircraft. The implication is that Syria may be concerned about additional U.S. strikes following the cruise missile attack earlier this month in retaliation for alleged Syrian use of sarin gas. Mattis spoke alongside Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. "There can be no doubt in the international community's mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all," said Mattis. He said he didn't want to elaborate on the amounts Syria has in order to avoid revealing sources of intelligence. "I can say authoritatively they have retained some, it's a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions and it's going to have to be taken up diplomatically and they would be ill advised to try to use any again, we made that very clear with our strike," he said. Israeli defense officials said this week that Syria still has up to three tons of chemical weapons in its possession. It was the first specific intelligence assessment of President 's weapons capabilities since a deadly chemical attack earlier this month. Lieberman also refused to go into detail but said "We have 100 percent information that (the) Assad regime used chemical weapons...Read more
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