April 9, 2018 / 2:45 AM / 7 months ago

U.S. not conducting air strikes in Syria 'at this time': Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Sunday it was not conducting air strikes in Syria “at this time,” formally denying a Syrian state television report that the U.S. military had fired missiles at a Syrian government air base.

“At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable.”

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Stephen Coates

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