April 5, 2017 / 3:53 PM / 8 months ago

Pentagon chief says Syria poison gas attack a "heinous act"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that a poison gas attack in Syria was a “heinous act and would be treated as such.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks at the opening of the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder/Files

Speaking at the Pentagon before a meeting with his counterpart from Singapore, Mattis did not elaborate on what that would mean.

Western countries, including the United States, blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s armed forces for the worst poison gas attack in Syria for more than four years, which choked scores of people to death in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in a rebel-held area on Tuesday.

Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Alistair Bell

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