Inspectors yet to enter Douma, US says

Inspectors yet to enter Douma, US says”

Russian Federation and Syria say no chemical attack occurred at Douma.

Turkey issued a statement supporting USA missile strikes, while Iran appears disappointed with Russia's failure to deter them, Lukyanov says.

Less than two days later, the Army of Islam rebels surrendered the town, which was the last stronghold in the once rebellious eastern Ghouta region at the doorstep of Damascus. Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny any such attack took place. Activists say at least 40 people were killed. The fact that USA leaders weren't ready to wait for inspectors to do their job indicates they wanted to make a military statement, and didn't want it to be clouded by whatever the inspectors might find. The convention, which entered into force on April 29, 1997, is the first treaty to outlaw an entire category of weapons.

Meanwhile, a new strategy appeared to be crystalizing to let the USA leave Syria without relinquishing its interests to the Assad government or his allies, Iran and Russian Federation. The small band of non-members includes Israel and North Korea. All its 192 member states are required to destroy their existing stockpiles of chemical weapons and stop large-scale production.

An inspection by the team of experts can definitely prove whether a chemical weapon has been used, but not who used it.

"If a nerve agent was used, signs of that might be found in samples taken on the day of the attack, and maybe days afterwards". They will interview witnesses and medical staff.

"Cleaning up a site after a chemical attack to the point where no traces of the agent or of characteristic degradation products can be found is hard, in particular when the impact site was a building".

What it does not do is apportion blame for attacks.

Syria's United Nations ambassador Bashar Jaafari told the Security Council on Tuesday that the OPCW experts would begin their investigation once they received the all-clear from the United Nations team. Moscow claimed the JIM was not professional or objective in its investigations.

NEW DELHI has called for an impartial and objective investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria recently.

An worldwide inspection mission to Syria looked in question Tuesday after Western powers which accused Damascus of using chemical weapons warned that evidence had likely been removed. It also blamed Islamic State for mustard gas use.

"Most of the forces we've had in Syria up to this point have been to build capacity to fight against the Islamic State, and I don't think they're there yet", he said.

CBS News also went to an apparent bomb-making factory for rebels in the heart of Douma, where there were the makings of fins for mortars, and a bin of what appears to be homemade grenades.

Asked whether Mr Trump had been pushing for proposals that included hitting Russian and Iranian targets in Syria, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said "a number of options" had been, and still remain, on the table.

France, the United States and Britain then circulated a new draft resolution on Saturday that aims to establish a new independent inquiry into who is responsible for Syria toxic gas attacks. Since 2013, neither diplomatic action, tough sanctions, nor the USA strikes against the Shayrat airbase in April 2017 have sufficiently degraded Syrian chemical weapons capability or deterred the Syrian regime from causing extreme humanitarian distress on a large scale through its persistent use of chemical weapons.

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