Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters injured by a mortar round fired by Islamic State militants wait to be treated in a field hospital in Raqqa, Syria June 28, 2017. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad appeared so far to have heeded a warning this week from Washington not to carry out a chemical weapons attack.Russia, the Syrian government's main backer in the country's civil war, warned that it would respond with dignity and proportionately if the United States took pre-emptive measures against Syrian forces to stop what the White House says could be a planned chemical attack.Washington accused Syrian forces of using the Shayrat airfield in Homs province for a chemical weapons attack in April.The intelligence that prompted the administration's warning to Syria this week was "far from conclusive," said a U.S. official familiar with it.
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