President Trump surprised everyone when he launched 59 tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airbase, attempting to prevent them from further spraying their people with chemical weapons.
However, many thought that the entire fiasco was a “false flag” event — something that was staged in order to trip up Trump.
But, at a news conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed that Syria has unquestionably retained it’s chemical weapon stockpiles, which violates U.N. Security Council resolutions.
“There can be no doubt in the international community’s mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all,” said Mattis.
“I can say authoritatively they have retained some, it’s a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions and it’s going to have to be taken up diplomatically and they would be ill advised to try to use any again, we made that very clear with our strike,” he added.
The Associated Press notes that Mattis did not specify the size of Syria’s illegal chemical arsenal, but Israeli defense officials said this week that Syria has retained up to three tons of such weapons.
“The amount of it I don’t want to get into it right now. We don’t reveal some of that detail because we don’t want to reveal how we’re finding out. But the bottom line is that I can say authoritatively that they have retained some,” said the Secretary of Defense.
“We have 100 percent information that Assad regime used chemical weapons against rebels,” said Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, appearing at the press conference with Mattis.
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