Pentagon Chief: No Evidence of Recent Sarin Gas Use by Syria

Katrina Barker
February 4, 2018

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has responded to the United States' claims of chemical weapons use by the government forces in the clashes with militants in Eatern Ghouta.

"We are on the record and you all have seen how we reacted to that, so they would be ill-advised to go back to violating the chemical (weapons) convention", Mattis said.

The Trump administration says that they reserve right to take military action against the Syrian government if needed to prevent or deter use of chemical weapons.

"We do not have evidence", Mattis told reporters, as quoted by Politico on Friday, adding that it appears chlorine was used in the attacks, but "we are even more concerned about the possibility of sarin use". U.S. administration had alleged that Assad regime had used the banned weapon.

Amidst conflicting reports about presence of chemical weapons with Syrian government, senior USA officials have claimed President Donald Trump is prepared to launch military action, if necessary, against Damascus, which they claim is possibly developing new types of chemical weapons.

The Syrian foreign ministry denied on Saturday U.S. allegations it had used chemical weapons against rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave near Damascus, saying the accusations were "lies" without evidence.

In 2013, Syria said it would give up all of its chemical weapons.

In April a year ago, the US struck a military base in central Syria with more than 50 Tomahawk missiles, in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack by the government forces on a rebel-held town in the northwestern province of Idlib.

The Syrian army and government have consistently denied using chlorine or other chemical weapons during the war and has said it cooperates with global investigations. That strike followed a deadly chemical weapons attack by Assad's government.

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