WASHINGTON, April 12 (NNN-Xinhua) -- The US is still focused on defeating Daesh in Syria, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday, days after US missile strikes on a Syria airbase.
"Our military policy in Syria has not changed. Our priority remains the
defeat of ISIS (IS-Daesh). Daesh represents a clear and present danger, an
immediate threat to Europe and ultimately, a threat to the US homeland," Mattis
said at his first Pentagon news conference as defence chief.
The United States on Thursday launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian
airbase, claiming its military action was meant to neutralise Syria's chemical
weapon arsenal, two days after reports of a chemical weapons attack emerged from
the battleground in Syria.
While the West said the Syrian government should be to blame, Damascus
The Russian government has condemned the missile strikes by the United
States, calling Washington's move "aggression against a sovereign state in
violation of international law."
Mattis said the military action demonstrates the United States would not
passively stand by while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "blithely ignores
international law and employs chemical weapons he had declared destroyed."
Mattis also warned that if Syria were to use chemical weapons again, it
would "pay a very, very stiff price."
"The Syrian regime should think long and hard before it again acts so
recklessly in violations to international law against the use of chemical
weapon," the Pentagon chief said. -- NNN-XINHUA
Source: NAM News Network