U.S. Defense Secretary Says Syria Appears to Have Heeded U.S. Warning on Chemical Attack

Peace and Freedom

BRUSSELS — Syria appears to have heeded a U.S. warning against staging any new chemical weapons attack as no such action has been launched, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday.

“It appears that they took the warning seriously,” Mattis told reporters flying with him to Brussels for a meeting of NATO defence ministers. “They didn’t do it.”

(Reporting by Phil Stewart, Ediitng by Angus MacSwan)

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BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Syria’s government has taken seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack.

Mattis noted there has been no such attack since the White House issued a surprise statement Monday night that threatened President Bashar Assad’s government with “a heavy price” if it used chemical weapons.

The U.S. says it saw active preparations at Syria’s Shayrat…

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