Syrians Celebrate, OPCW to Continue Chemical Weapon Probe

US, France, UK to brief NATO allies today on Syria strikes

Syrians Celebrate, OPCW to Continue Chemical Weapon Probe

But it will not seek to identify who used such weapons. They say the strikes are punishment for killing dozens of people, many of them women and children, with banned toxic munitions.

US President Donald Trump lauded the "perfectly executed" strike, the biggest global attack on President Bashar al-Assad's regime during Syria's seven-year war, but both Damascus and Syria's opposition rubbished its impact.

A senior Russian military official said on Saturday that Syria's air defenses, which mostly consist of systems made in the former Soviet Union, had intercepted 71 of the 105 American, British and French missiles.

"On the intelligence collected by our services, and in the absence to date of chemical samples analysed by our own laboratories, France considers, beyond possible doubt, a chemical attack was carried out against civilians at Douma ... and that there is no plausible scenario other than that of an attack by Syrian armed forces", the report said.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released a statement Saturday saying the organization is in Syria to conduct an investigation into the allegation that the April 7 attack in Duma was a chemical one and will remain there until the task is complete. The strikes were in retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, near Damascus.

Despite a U.S. -Russian agreement to completely eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program after hundreds of people were gassed with sarin in Ghouta on August 21, 2013, the OPCW had been unable to verify that all manufacturing, storage and research facilities were destroyed.




Despite a U.S. -Russian agreement to completely eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program after hundreds of people were gassed with sarin in Ghouta on August 21, 2013, the OPCW had been unable to verify that all manufacturing, storage and research facilities were destroyed.

The Pentagon said no further action was planned but Washington's envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned that the USA was "locked and loaded" should another gas attack occur.

In August 2013, then-President Barack Obama said the USA had determined that Syria had launched a chemical weapons attack targeting its own people.

The Pentagon said the strikes hit three targets believed to have been involved in creating chemical weapons. It blamed Islamic State militants for mustard gas use.

Ambassadors to the United Nations during a Security Council vote on the suspected Syrian chemical attack.

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