'Escalation' fears grow as US ponders Syria strike


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US concerns that a military strike on Syria in response to a suspected poison gas attack, could txt_quote_double_openescalate out of controltxt_quote_double_close have introduced a note of caution in Washington’s tone. US Defense Secretary James Mattis voiced his worries to Congress after saying he believed a chemical attack had taken place in Syria and that such an attack must not go unchallenged. We’re trying to stop the murder of innocent people. txt_quote_double_open But on a strategic level, it’s how do we keep this from escalating out of control,txt_quote_double_close Mattis told the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.

We’re maintaining that we have a number of options and all of those options are still on the table. Those options are still being discussed with allies France and Britain. Trump spoke on Thursday evening with the leaders of both countries.

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