U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis calls the chemical attack in Syria a ''heinous act.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Wednesday (April 5) that a poison gas attack in Syria was a "heinous act and would be treated as such." 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. The U.S. government believes the chemical agent sarin was used in the attack.