US will not rule out airstrikes against Assad’s regime in Syria, says Defence Secretary James Mattis

US will not rule out airstrikes against Assad’s regime in Syria, says Defence Secretary James MattisThe US has not ruled out launching airstrikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Defence Secretary James Mattis has said, in response to a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma. “I don’t rule out anything right now,” Mr Mattis said while hosting Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, at the Pentagon. Dozens of civilians are believed to have died in the suspected poison gas attack, with Theresa May, the UK prime minister, saying that Syria’s president, and their Russian backers, must be “held to account” for the “barbaric” action if they are found to be responsible.



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