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Syria invites United Nations watchdog to Douma to probe chemical claims

Syria invites United Nations watchdog to Douma to probe chemical claims

In response to the reports from Douma, Trump on Sunday blamed Syrian government forces for what he called a "mindless CHEMICAL attack".

The assessment also suggested that a never agent was used in the suspected poison attack, but further evidence was needed to determine the type of agent, United States government sources told the news agency.

"I see nothing to indicate that President Trump has constrained the possible military responses", Cafarella said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that his country had sent experts to Douma and that there was "no trace" of the use of chemical weapons there.

Meanwhile, the State Department said Monday it was consulting with U.S. allies on a possible response, stressing that "there will be consequences for this unacceptable atrocity".

Vladimir Shamanov, a retired general who heads the defense affairs committee in the lower house of parliament, said in televised remarks Tuesday that a US strike in Syria could hurt Russian servicemen and trigger Russian retaliation.

Trump said his decision could come as early as the end of Monday or within the next 48 hours.

"What Russia is trying to do, it strikes me, Mr President, is to turn the debate in this Council away from a discussion of the use of chemical weapons into a dispute between East and West, presenting itself as the victim".

At least 60 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured at several sites in the alleged attack on Douma, then still occupied by rebel forces, on Saturday, according to a Syrian relief group.

Both Russia and Syria have invited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to carry out investigations of Douma.

United States President, Donald Trump, was poised Tuesday to decide on possible military action against the Syrian regime, after vowing to respond "forcefully" to the latest alleged chemical atrocity in the country's bloody civil war despite strong warnings from Damascus-ally Russian Federation.

An American official said the US was discussing with allies whether they would participate in a retaliatory strike. The guided missile destroyer is armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, the weapon of choice in a USA attack one year ago on an airfield in Syria following an alleged sarin gas attack on civilians. The guided missile destroyer is armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, the weapon of choice in a US attack one year ago on an airfield in Syria following an alleged sarin gas attack on civilians.

In April a year ago, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base after previous chemical weapons attack United Nations monitors later pinned on Bashar al-Assad's regime.

"Dozens of victims, of which many are women and children, affected by chemical substances", Pope said.

Vice President Pence will take Trump's place on the trip, which includes the Summit of Americas meeting in Lima, Peru.

"We are looking into the attack at this point", he said, adding that the photos of the incident are "horrible".

Trump's decision to skip the South America trip marks the first time an American president has not attended the summit.

"The president would like to stay in the country while there are a lot of developments going on around the world", Mrs. Sanders said.

Nebenzia rejected a USA call for the world body to set up a probe to identify the perpetrators of what rescuers called a "poisonous chlorine gas attack" late Saturday in the enclave of Douma, near Damascus. The officials are not authorized to discuss military planning by name. The resolution was likely to be blocked by Russian Federation, which will put two draft resolutions on Syria of its own to a vote because it does not agree with the USA text, diplomats said. A US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran's supreme leader, made his comments upon arrival in the Syrian capital on Tuesday.

A Russian military taskforce in Syria claimed to have visited the hospital where patients were said to have been treated and found no evidence to back up reports of an attack. "At the same time, OPCW's Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Uzumcu, has considered the deployment of a Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team to Douma to establish facts surrounding these allegations", the statement reads. Assad has in recent months brought swathes of territory back under his control thanks to heavy Russian involvement, as well as support from other forces such as the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia.

The Syrian air base was struck by missiles a little more than 24 hours after the chemical attack.


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