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"As we have made clear, the United States agrees with the U.K.'s assessment that Russian Federation is responsible for this use of chemical weapons on U.K. soil - either through deliberate use or through its failure to declare and secure its stocks of this nerve agent", it said. Then Syrian state media claimed on Tuesday that the inspectors had entered the town.

When the security team arrived at the first site, a large crowd gathered and the United Nations experts made a decision to withdraw, he said.

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

A United Nations official says a U.N. team on a security mission to the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria was sacked upon and had to return to its base in Damascus.

"I am outraged that President Trump pulled back sanctions on Russian Federation for its support of the Assad regime", said Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. But the arrival of inspectors is now up in the air.

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Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the Security Council on Tuesday there was no point establishing a new inquiry to determine blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria because Washington and its allies had already acted as judge and executioner. "This incident again highlights the highly volatile environment in which the FFM is having to work and the security risks our staff are facing".

Syria promised the USA back in 2013 that it would eliminate its chemical weapons, and is flouting that specific commitment.

Maj. -Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko said "a Syrian security employee received light wounds during the crossfire". The U.S. would be unwise to commit itself in Syria in anything like the way it did in Afghanistan and Iraq after the September 11 attacks.

But on April 13, when he announced the strikes, Trump said the U.S. would be undertaking a sustained diplomatic, military and economic response to stop the use of chemical weapons, and officials said the USA would remain focused on defeating ISIS.

The US envoy to the OPCW, however, expressed concern that Russian Federation had visited the site and "may have tampered with it" to impede the investigation.

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United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Wednesday that Staffan de Mistura embarked on the consultations following a meeting Monday with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the Arab League summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia "and in view of current tensions".

The U.S. -led intervention has threatened to escalate confrontation between the West and Assad's backer Russian Federation, although it has had no impact on the fighting on the ground, in which pro-government forces have pressed on with a campaign to crush the rebellion.

In a Sunday Telegraph opinion piece, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reinforced U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's statement that the strikes were not about meant to drive regime change or interference in Syria's civil war.

But in light of the U.S and United Kingdom -led strikes on Syria, an angered Kremlin may reconsider that position and provide Assad with the weapons systems he has been pushing for, especially after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the BBC Moscow would do what was needed to help Syria "deter aggression".

"Jerry Smith, a former OPCW weapons inspector who worked in Syria in 2013, tells NPR that the passage of time makes inspection more challenging for multiple reasons".

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But the U.S. officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the available intelligence indicated that Assad's stock of chemicals and precursors was believed to be scattered far beyond the three targets. Did the Syrian government launch a chemical attack on its own people, or was it an underhanded way to started a war?

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