>> On a strategic level, it's how do we keep this from escalating out of control?>> Defense Secretary James Mattis, on Thursday, worked to calm global fears of a direct military clash between the US and Russia over Syria.>> We have not yet made any decision to launch military attacks into Syria.
>> Those remarks to a House Panel contradicting President Trump who Wednesday told Russia US missiles, quote, will be coming in response to last weekends suspected chemical attack in Syria. This after Russia said, US missiles aimed at close ally, Syria, would be shot down.>> We'll see what happens, we're obviously looking at that very closely.
>> On Thursday, Trump took a half step back, saying US action may not be soon. Yara Bayoumi is on the story.>> Trump has met with his National Security Team. And White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, said that no final decision has yet been made. That the United States is still assessing all of the evidence.
And that they're still coordinating with allies on the response.>> The risks on all sides remained high. Russia, Syria's stanch ally, has military equipment and forces arrayed throughout much of Syria. Which could be hit by a US strike. Media reports say Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, has tried to shelter his own jets by moving them to hangars alongside Russian aircraft.
The US has its own Navy forces in the area, including the missile-firing destroyer Donald Cook. With about 2,000 US troops also in Syria.>> We cannot exclude any possibilities unfortunately, because
].>> Russia's envoy to the United Nations, Thursday, said, the situation is very dangerous.>> Immediate priorities to avert the danger of war.
We hope that they will be in no point of no return.>> And unlike the US strike in Syria last year, after a similar gas attack, US allies, Britain and France, seem ready to join in. Military experts have suggested any retaliation for the gas attack could this time be sustained over days.
Further raising the chances of a larger confrontation.