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Russian Federation 'complicit' in Syrian regime's retention of chemical weapons: Mattis

Russian Federation 'complicit' in Syrian regime's retention of chemical weapons: Mattis

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signaled Thursday that the US was prepared to wait for definitive proof that Syria carried out a chemical attack before launching an attack, but stressed the moral imperative for a USA response.

Mattis, in some of his strongest comments on Syria to date, said he had been convinced of a chemical attack in Syria. That meant airstrikes, possibly in tandem with France and other allies that have expressed outrage at the alleged Syrian chemical attack, could be launched within hours of a presidential decision.

USA officials say blood samples provided by medical workers confirm the presence of chemicals but do not tell which side used them - the regime or, as the Russians have claimed, rebels seeking to overthrow the regime.

But officials also noted it may be hard to extricate the Trump administration from military action, given the president's Twitter post a day earlier that US missiles "will be coming, nice and new and 'smart'".

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In his tweet on Thursday, the president defended his warning a day earlier and appeared to try to reintroduce the element of surprise over a possible American missile strike, underscoring what critics have described as a confusing policy on United States involvement in Syria. "But on a strategic level it is how do we keep this from escalating out of control, if you get my drift on that", he explained. Now, Mattis said, Russian Federation is "complicit" in helping the regime retain them.

"The second priority now is for the OPCW mission to reach Damascus and Douma, and to see what's really happened", he said.

"I don't want to get into the details of a potential decision by the commander in chief", Mattis told Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass.

The Pentagon is now working under war powers granted in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, even though operations across the Middle East have morphed broadly since those early days of seeking to destroy Al-Qaeda. The Syrian Army is on a steady path to military victory in the seven-year-long civil war that has drawn in plenty of foreign players.

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As fears of a Russia confrontation with Western powers mount, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep concerns" over the situation in Syria in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Fears of confrontation between Russian Federation and the West have been running high since U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" after the suspected chemical weapons assault in the town of Douma on April 7, and lambasted Moscow for standing by Assad.

"We're trying to stop the murder of innocent people".

He cautioned that even if the inspectors get access to the attack sites, they are not permitted under their mandate to assign blame, but only to determine that chemical agents were used. "We know how much we have to work with".

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"I hope you are also planning for a lean future", Smith said. About 2,000 US military personnel are in Syria.