Damascus has not used chemical weapons since the US airstrike on Shayrat Airbase in Idlib Province in April, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford said Saturday at the Aspen Security Forum, despite reports emerging that the Syrian government continues to use banned chemicals. “I like to think that Assad has received the message loud and clear that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable and that there will be consequences for the use of chemical weapons against his own people. Time will tell. He hasn’t used them since that day,” Dunford said when asked how “Syria’s behavior has changed” since that attack. On April 7, US President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike on the Syrian airfield in response to an alleged chemical attack blamed on the Assad government, which strongly denied carrying out the attack.