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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 A.M.) – United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the administration was still waiting for evidence of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria and expressed concern that military intervention could escalate out of control, during a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

“We’re still looking for the actual evidence. The OPCW, the organisation for the chemical weapons convention, we’re trying to get those inspectors in,” said Mattis.

The defense secretary added that ‘strategic’ planning for military intervention would focus on, “how do we keep this from escalating out of control.”

France, the US and UK have threatened to take action against the Syrian government after it allegedly used chemical weapons on civilians in Douma.

Syria denies the allegations, calling them a ‘fabrication’.

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Daeshbags Sux
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2018-04-13 10:43

Trying to get inspectors in? They’ve just been granted visas by Syrian govt!
If Syrian govt had smth to hide, would they accept? I guess no!

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2018-04-13 11:39
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Mattis is wrong. The use of chlorine as fighting gas killing 70 requires massive amounts of the substance. That leaves an detectable footprint in the environment. Dozens if not hundreds of specialized ammo and scores of meters of contaminated soil and buildings. The OPCW watchdogs either find that or chlorine has not been used as a fighting gas but has been administered to the 70 victims by the UK funded White Helmet creatures. Much the same for Sarin – only that You will not need tons but a few kilos to saturate an area – that causes 70 dead and… Read more »

You can call me AL
You can call me AL
2018-04-13 12:34

Are the Yanks playing a game to create uncertainty, are they confused, deluded, split throughout their ranks, worried of the potential backfire if they fail or what ?.

Now they want evidence which they said they had.

Everyday, every person states different things.

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2018-04-13 09:20

Even though it may look they are exercising caution by telling the world they are waiting for proof/evidence, it is obvious from his ling that the political agenda is being continued and that they are looking to buy time while looking to find a way to justify the attacks before the international community. If they were genuine about the peace idea he would not have used words like “I believe there was an attack” or “the Syrian regime won’t allow” etc. It is not about what he said but about the words used or how he said it.

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2018-04-13 17:30
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USA just playing good cop bad cop game.