Syria invites OPCW to investigate alleged chemical attack in Douma

Defiant Trump warns missiles 'will be coming' over Syria attack

Defiant Trump warns missiles 'will be coming' over Syria attack

Russian Federation today said it will propose to the United Nations that worldwide inspectors visit the site of the suspected chemical weapons attack.

Trump on Tuesday cancelled plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in the United States to manage the response to the events in Syria. Trump on Monday warned of a quick, forceful response once responsibility for the attack was established.

A team of worldwide inspectors is expected to visit Syria to look into the alleged use of chemical weapons in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus. The politician, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about secret military movements, said the atmosphere and US statements hint at a possible strike, "but there are no indications on the ground so far".

While the West, and the U.S. in particular, rush to accuse the Syrian government of an alleged chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, the United Nations has admitted that it is unable to "independently verify the allegations".

President Bashar al-Assad's government and Russian Federation, his most powerful ally, said there was no evidence that a gas attack had taken place and the claim was bogus.

Seven Iranians were among the estimated 14 people killed in the missile attack, and a senior Iranian official visiting Damascus said the attack "will not remain unanswered".

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States of wanting the resolution to fail "to justify the use of force against Syria".

As he began a Monday evening meeting with military leaders at the White House, Trump promised to "make a decision tonight or very shortly thereafter".

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Mr Trump said the U.S. is still investigating the possible involvement of the Iranian and Russian governments.

Any U.S. strike similar to the limited one launched a year ago would not cause a shift in the course of the war that has been going Assad's way since Russian Federation intervened on his side.

More than 40 people were reportedly killed.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Tuesday it asked Syria to arrange for the group to send a fact-finding mission to Douma. Both stressed that the culprit still needed to be confirmed. Doctors and witnesses have said victims showed symptoms of poisoning, possibly by a nerve agent, and reported the smell of chlorine gas.

The mission will aim to determine whether banned munitions were used, but will not assign blame.

The Assad government and Russian Federation both urged the OPCW to investigate the allegations, a move by the two countries that was apparently aimed at averting any US -led military action.

Russian Federation said Syrian government troops could ensure the safety of OPCW experts if they were to travel to the scene, he added, criticizing previous investigations for having been conducted from a distance. Moscow has dismissed the allegations of a chemical attack as "fake news".

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