James Mattis just gave Assad and other leaders in Syria a serious warning. When it comes to chemical weapons, they better think twice before ever using them again.
The Hill reported:
Pentagon chief warns Syrian leader on chemical weapons
Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar Assad not to use chemical weapons again, saying the U.S. “will not passively stand by.”
“The U.S. military strike against Shayrat airfield on April 6 was a measured response to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons,” Mattis said in a statement.
“President Trump directed this action to deter future use of chemical weapons and to show the United States will not passively stand by while Assad murders innocent people with chemical weapons, which are prohibited by international law and which were declared destroyed,” he added.
“The Syrian government would be ill-advised ever again to use chemical weapons.”
U.S. Central Command spokesman Col. John Thomas said Monday that the U.S.’s 59 Tomahawk missiles destroyed more than 20 Syrian aircraft, aircraft shelters, fuel storage, ammunition supply bunkers, radars and air defense systems.
It’s clear that James Mattis and the Trump administration are not playing games here.
If Assad ignores this message, he does so at his own peril.