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Chemical watchdog the OPCW convenes as Syria mission begins

Chemical watchdog the OPCW convenes as Syria mission begins

Damascus and Moscow have vehemently denied that any chemical weapons were used and alleged instead that grim videos showing civilians foaming at the mouth after the attack were staged.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad met overnight with representatives of the global chemical weapons watchdog at a Damascus hotel.

Russian Federation and Syria have denied that chemical weapons were used at all and said their own investigators had been to the area and found no trace of them.

The U.S., United Kingdom and France jointly launched strikes targeting the Assad regime's alleged chemical weapons research center near Damascus, a chemical weapons warehouse and a command center linked to chemical weapons located west of Homs, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford said at a joint news conference with American Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Watch below to see Eid's powerful description of the chemical attack he survived and the oppressive and violent regime under which so many Syrians still live. "I am convinced that other groups will join the group of countries having a responsible attitude toward global law", Ryabkov said.And that group of healthy forces, I am convinced, will give a more and more resolute political rebuff to such attempts on the basis of worldwide relations", he said when asked what Russia's reaction will be if more attacks on Syria follow.

Its team on the ground also faced the risk of arriving too late to a site where much of the evidence may have always been removed or tampered with.

"We will ensure they can work professionally, objectively, impartially and free of any pressure", Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Soussan told AFP.

Douma was the last rebel holdout in the eastern Ghouta suburbs, the target of a massive government offensive in February and March.

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Wresting back the opposition stronghold on the doorstep of Damascus had been a priority for the resurgent regime.

United States leader Trump exclaimed "Mission Accomplished" after the pre-dawn strikes that lit up the sky around Damascus in a tweet that drew swift derision from his critics and parallels with president George W. Bush's notoriously premature Iraq war victory speech on an aircraft carrier 15 years ago.

That drew derision from his critics and parallels with ex-President George W. Bush's notoriously premature Iraq war victory speech on an aircraft carrier nearly exactly 15 years ago.

Haley later told CBS that sanctions would be announced, likely on Monday, against Russian companies supplying the Syrian regime.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson said the Syrian war would continue despite the "successful" strikes, saying the "overwhelming purpose" of the mission was to respond to repeated chemical attacks.

As the on-the-ground investigation gets under way, the fallout from the US-led response continued to reverberate, with French President Emmanuel Macron claiming to have persuaded President Donald Trump to keep his troops in Syria.

Those assertions have been denounced as lies by Western officials.

New satellite images show a glimpse of the damage done by the strike. The Syrian government and its ally Russian Federation denied the allegations.


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