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Mattis: Trump says defense chief's job is '100 percent' safe

Mattis: Trump says defense chief's job is '100 percent' safeAmid speculation that he may soon be replaced, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Trump told him he supports the retired Marine general "100 percent."



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Syria's Assad says chemical attack '100 percent fabrication'

Syria's Assad says chemical attack '100 percent fabrication'Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a suspected chemical weapons attack was a “fabrication” to justify a US military strike, as Moscow digs in to defend its ally despite increasing strains with Washington. In an exclusive interview with AFP in Damascus — his first since the alleged April 4 attack prompted a US air strike on Syrian forces — Assad said his army had given up all its chemical weapons and that Syrian military firepower was not affected by the US strike.



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Assad comments on chemical attack '100% lies': French FM

Assad comments on chemical attack '100% lies': French FMSyrian President Bashar al-Assad’s comments that last week’s chemical weapons attack was a fabrication to justify a US military strike are “100 percent lies”, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday. “It’s 100 percent lies and propaganda,” Ayrault said during a visit to Beijing, responding to an exclusive AFP interview with Assad on Wednesday.



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Syria's Assad says chemical attack '100% fabrication'

Syria's Assad says chemical attack '100% fabrication'Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of fabricating a suspected chemical weapons attack that prompted an unprecedented US missile strike, in an exclusive interview with AFP in Damascus. The embattled leader, whose country has been ravaged by six years of war, said his firepower had not been affected by the attack ordered by US President Donald Trump, but acknowledged that further strikes were possible. “Definitely, a hundred percent for us, it’s fabrication,” he added of the incident which killed 87 people, including 31 children, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.



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Turkey says '100 IS fighters' left in Syria's Al-Bab

Turkey says '100 IS fighters' left in Syria's Al-BabTurkey said Wednesday fewer than 100 Islamic State jihadists were still holed up in a flashpoint Syrian town which has seen the bloodiest clashes of Ankara’s half-year campaign inside the conflict-torn country. Speaking to NTV television, Defence Minister Fikri Isik said half of the town of Al-Bab was in the hands of Turkish troops and allied pro-Ankara Syrian rebels, after the government repeatedly said it was “largely under control”. Since launching its unprecedented incursion into Syria in August, Turkey has been focusing on Al-Bab as the last bastion of IS extremists in Aleppo province.



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