Mattis: Time for ‘civilized nations’ to unite to end Syria civil war

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US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday called on the international community to “urgently” unite and bring an end to Syria’s civil war.

“It is time for all civilized nations to urgently unite in ending the Syrian civil war by supporting the United Nations backed Geneva peace process,” Mattis said.

Western strikes early Saturday hit Syrian military bases and chemical research centres in and around the capital, a monitor said, as the US announced a joint operation against the Damascus government.

“The Western coalition strikes targeted scientific research centres, several military bases, and the bases of the Republican Guard and Fourth Division in th capital Damascus and around it,” said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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