Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said during a visit to the Zionist entity on Friday that there can be “no doubt” that Syria has “retained some chemical weapons.”
Mattis, speaking during a press conference with Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman, declined to comment on the ‘number of weapons’ Washington believes Syria has retained.
“The bottom line is there can be no doubt in the international community’s mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all,” said Mattis, who is dubbed “Mad Dog”.
“It’s a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions, and it’s going to have to be taken up diplomatically, and they’d be ill-advised to try to use any again. We’ve made that very clear with our strike.”
US President Donald Trump’s administration carried out an aggression against a Syrian airbase earlier this month over an alleged chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib.
Syria firmly denied using chemical weapons, stressing that such allegations are aiming at tarnishing the image of Damascus at a time the Syrian army has been gaining ground against Takfiri terrorists.
Russia, which has been since September 2015 engaged in an air campaign against Syria terrorists under the request of the Syrian government, said that a Syrian raid in Khan Sheikhoun hit a depot for toxic substances, stressing that the depot belongs for Takfiri insurgents who control the area.