Mattis Warns Syria To not Use Chemical Weapons

Illustrative Blood stains on the ground next to trucks loaded with sacks of potatoes standing abandoned after their windows were blasted from their frames following airstrikes by government forces which hit the vegetable market of the town of Saraqeb

Illustrative Blood stains on the ground next to trucks loaded with sacks of potatoes standing abandoned after their windows were blasted from their frames following airstrikes by government forces which hit the vegetable market of the town of Saraqeb

Mattis told reporters that sarin gas is something that has been weaponized and that "we are even more concerned about the possibility of sarin use, the likelihood of sarin use, and we're looking for the evidence".

The US officials claimed that Syrian armed forces have "evolved" their chemical weapons and occasionally used them in smaller amounts since 2017.

Syria also says that reports by Western-backed media outlets about Damascus using chemical weapons "is a new version of USA and Western desperate intentions to create" an excuses to attack Syria. They said information gathered from recent alleged attacks also suggested that Assad retained a "continued production capacity" - also banned under the 2013 deal. USA administration had alleged that Assad regime had used the banned weapon.

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The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Saturday rejected the USA claims about the Syrian government using chemical weapons in the war as "lies".

Raising the alarm about the continued threat, U.S. officials said it was "highly likely" that Assad kept a hidden stockpile of chemical weapons after 2013 that he failed to properly disclose.

In April a year ago, the US struck a military base in central Syria with more than 50 Tomahawk missiles, in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack by the government forces on a rebel-held town in the northwestern province of Idlib. In the past two years, a joint United Nations and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inquiry found the Syrian government used the nerve agent sarin and several times used chlorine as a weapon. "I don't have the evidence;" of the Syrian regime's use of sarin gas but that "groups on the ground, NGOs, fighters on the ground have said that sarin has been used". That strike followed a deadly chemical weapons attack by Assad's government. Make a donation and help pay for our journalism.

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