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"The Syrian government has lost the ability to refuel or re-arm aircraft at Shayrat airfield and at this point, use of the runway is of idle military interest," Mattis said in a statement, Reuters reports.

"The Syrian government would be ill-advised ever again to use chemical weapons."

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