Assad claims Syria is signing oil and gas deals with Russian companies

Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again.

"There can be no doubt in the worldwide community's mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement and its statement that it had removed them all".

Mattis also met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said 17 high-ranking officials in the Assad regime, along with five organizations that may have used chemical weapons, have been placed on a list that freezes their assets in Canada and prohibits dealing with them.

The United States launched dozens of missiles earlier this month against a Syrian air base in response to a chemical attack that killed 90 people, including 30 children.

The United States is steadfastly committed to Israels security, and appreciates its partnership with Israel in confronting regional and other threats, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at a joint press conference with Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, today in Tel Aviv, Israel. It's a violation of the UN Security Council resolutions. The Assad regime is accused of carrying out a chemical attack April 4 in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib province. "And it's going to have to be taken up diplomatically", he said.

The Jordanian government on Friday rejected statements by Syrian President Bashar Assad to Sputnik Russian news agency, in which he attacked Jordan.

The missile strikes were the first known direct United States attack on the Syrian government since the country's civil war began in 2011. "We sense a great change in the direction of American policy".

It said the new measures were meant to help pressure Syria to "immediately stop the repeated and heinous attacks against its own people". It said three "projectiles" were fired and no injuries have been reported.

Mattis said he and Lieberman had just finished their third meeting since January, and their close and regular dialogue is a reflection of the enduring bond between the two countries' militaries.

Hezbollah and Iran, both bitter enemies of Israel, along with Russian Federation have sent forces to support Assad. One US authority on missile attacks, the MIT physicist and national security consultant Theodore Postol, has issued a report that establishes, based on evidence provided by Washington, that the chemical weapon was not delivered by a missile fired from the air, but rather set off by an improvised explosive device on the ground, meaning it was nearly certainly the work of those who control the area, the "rebel" forces tied to Al Qaeda.

  • Zachary Reyes