Chemical weapons expert to arrive in Douma on Wednesday: Russian officials

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Mohammed, his wife, and two daughters are Syrian refugees and to them, the mission that was accomplished was a different one.

Russian Federation on Saturday asked the UN Security Council to condemn the "aggression" against Syria from military strikes carried out by the United States, Britain, and France, according to a draft resolution seen by AFP. The U.N. Security Council was meeting at Moscow's request.

Bashar al-Assad, who had succeeded his father to the presidency in 2000, cracked down on protesters calling for his removal, using deadly force.

The narrowly targeted pre-dawn military operation on Saturday took aim at three alleged chemical weapons facilities. Iraq war veteran and Hawaii Democrat Tulsi Gabbard expressed concern that "military action in Syria could escalate into a war with Russian Federation and Iran".

The Barzeh facility is thought to be the centre of Syria's chemical weapons program, while chairman of the USA joint chiefs of staff, General Joseph Dunford, said Him Shinshar was "the primary location of Syrian sarin and precursor production equipment". In a US military action a year ago in response to a sarin gas attack, missiles took out almost 20 per cent of the Syrian air force, the Pentagon said.

The president scoffed at reports that Syrian and Russian air defense systems had shot down dozens of the USA missiles. He said the USA knew of no civilians killed by allied missiles.

He reaffirmed Russia's view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that prompted the strike was fake.

Damascus skies erupt with surface to air missile fire as the USA launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria, early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Syria has repeatedly denied using banned weapons.

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On Sunday, Nikki Haley, the us ambassador to the United Nations.

USA officials have said they have blood tests from civilians in Douma that prove the Assad regime used chemical weapons. Assad's Barzah research and development center in the Damascus area was destroyed, the general said.

Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog met Syrian officials in Damascus on Monday but have so far been denied access to the former rebel stronghold where the alleged use of toxic substances provoked a USA -led strike.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain must "take every possible precaution" against any potential Russian counter-measures and acknowledged that recent relations between Moscow and London had "not been good".

Putin added that Russian military experts who inspected Douma found no trace of the attack.

French President Emmanuel Macron, however, on Sunday told a French television network that he had "convinced him that it's necessary to be there...we also convinced him that the strikes had to be limited to chemical weapons capabilities". It also followed the purported use of chemical weapons there on April 7.

Putin and Iran have maintained their support for Assad despite his continued use of chemical weapons, which Russian Federation said it would stop in 2013.

For its part, France has said it has evidence Russian Federation was responsible.

Following an overnight April 14 missile attack, launched by the USA alongside France and the United Kingdom, the Syrian president said the strikes came as the West realized that it had lost control of the situation in the Arab Republic. He said at least one chemical was used - chlorine, which also has legitimate industrial uses and had not previously triggered a USA military response. That suggests that despite Russia's warnings of dire consequences, it appears Russian commanders are being extremely careful not to respond in a way that could escalate tensions with the U.S. into a shooting war.

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