Topics/Syria

Mattis: Defeating ISIS still top priority

By Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base does not signal a change in the Pentagon's military campaign there, which is focused on defeating the Islamic State group and al-Qaida remnants. At his first Pentagon news conference as defense chief, Mattis said the U.S. strike was meant only to demonstrate Washington's intolerance of violations of an international convention against the use of ch ... More

US investigating Russian involvement in Syrian chemical attack

By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press Senior military officials say the U.S. is looking into whether Russia participated in Syria's chemical weapons attack earlier this week. The officials say Russia has failed to control the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons. They say a drone belonging either to Russia or Syria was seen hovering over the site of the chemical weapons attack Tuesday after it happened. The drone returned late in the day as citizens were going to a nearby hospital for treat ... More

US attacks Syrian air base with 60 missiles

Updated at 9:05 p.m., April 6, 2017 By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press WASHINGTON — The United States fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians, U.S. officials said. It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Donald Trump's most dramatic military order since becoming president. The strikes hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, wher ... More

Mattis to brief Trump on military options in Syria

By Military1 Staff The Pentagon is drawing up military options against Syria after 72 people were killed by a chemical attack in the country earlier this week. Officials believe the attack was ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an act that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said was “a new low, even for the barbaric Assad regime.” Defense Secretary James Mattis will brief President Trump in Florida on his options for retatliation, which includes cruise missile strikes from U.S. military ship ... More