14 Apr '18, 12am

Mattis: US Wants Proof Before Striking Syria for Chemical Attack

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signaled Thursday that the U.S. was prepared to wait for definitive proof that Syria carried out a chemical attack before launching an attack, but stressed the moral imperative for a U.S. response. "Some things are simply inexcusable, beyond the pale and in the worst interest of, not just the chemical weapons convention, but of civilization itself," Mattis said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee. Currently, the U.S. and its allies "don't have evidence" that the Syrian regime carried out the attack last Saturday in the Damascus suburb of Douma that reportedly killed at least 40, Mattis said. "I believe there was a chemical attack and we're looking for the evidence," he said. "We're trying to get inspectors in, probably within a week." Mattis was referring to international investigating teams from the Organization for the Proh...

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