What should U.S. policy toward Syria entail?

The former rebel Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus

But the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) team came under small arms fire, and an explosive device was detonated nearby during their stop at the second of the two sites that they visited, the OPCW said in a statement.

Assailants opened fire at a United Nations security team visiting the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, an official said Wednesday, forcing it to retreat to its base and further delaying a fact-finding mission by outside experts to examine the claims.

General Kenneth McKenzie, director of the U.S. military's Joint Staff, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime retains a "residual" chemical capability at a variety of sites across the country.

President Trump said: "This evening I want to send a message to all of the fearless service members from the US, France and the United Kingdom, who were involved in very successful strikes on targets associated with the Syrian chemical weapons programme last week". The UN official, who declined to be named, said the security team would remain in Damascus with the experts from OPCW for the time being.

"The video then made its way across the world and became an "evidence base" that served as a pretext for missile strikes by the U.S., Great Britain and France", Zakharova wrote.

Activists, local rescuers and rebels in Syria claim that the Syrian forces used chlorine gas in the attack on Saturday against Douma, in the rebel-held area near Damascus.

Remember Russia's March 17 warning that the United States was planning to stage a chemical attack in Syria to provoke a military "response"?

Moscow has denied that any gas attack happened in Douma, instead accusing Western countries of staging it to whip up anti-Russian hysteria and provide a pretext for airstrikes against Damascus.

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But the rest of Syria's air defense capability, which was provided by Russian Federation, engaged extensively and comprehensively failed, according to McKenzie.

Saleh said the situation in the battered eastern Ghouta city had been catastrophic since the day before the attack due to continuous bombardment, meaning they had had no time to identify victims in a proper way and document their deaths. Officials of the independent group saw through that one.

OAN investigators weren't able to confirm any evidence of a chemical weapons attack on Douma.

The inspectors arrived in Damascus on the day of the Western strikes but had not been allowed to enter Douma.

As far as when the FFM team can actually be deployed to Douma, remains unknown.

Russian state television had yesterday aired the conversation with the child, whom it identified as an 11-year-old Syrian boy called Hassan Diab.

But US officials familiar with US military planning said Russian Federation and Iran were never seriously considered as targets.

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