James Mattis: US not going to get drawn into Syrian civil war

James Mattis: US not going to get drawn into Syrian civil war

The US was not going to get drawn into the Syrian civil war, US defence secretary James Mattis said.

“We just refuse to get drawn into a fight there in the Syria civil war, we try to end that one through diplomatic engagement,” he told reporters. “If somebody comes after us, bombs us or takes a heading on us or fires on us, then under legitimate self-defence we’ll do whatever we have to do to stop it.”

He added the US would not fire “unless they are the enemy, unless they are ISIS.” 

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