Chemical weapon experts cleared for tests in Syria

Paul Walker took part in one of the first US on-site inspections of a Russian chemical weapons stockpile in 1994

Paul Walker took part in one of the first US on-site inspections of a Russian chemical weapons stockpile in 1994

But given the latest spiraling of the crisis - in particular the use of the alleged Douma chemical attack as pre-text for striking Syria - things may take a U-turn.

The United Nations says further steps are needed to secure the suspected site of a chemical attack in Douma and a security team will need to make another visit before a fact-finding mission can go there. First responders and activists say more than 40 people were killed in the April 7 attack, many found with foam around their mouths, a sign of suffocation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has claimed that Moscow dictated where U.S., British and French forces were allowed to attack in the weekend's air strikes on suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities, Sky News reported. According to a transcript from the Russian-state owned site, Lavrov said that Trump would be happy to host Putin in the coming months.

A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have finally been granted clearance to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

The US and Britain accused the Syrian government and Russian Federation of delaying the investigation to stage a cover up. Russian Federation and its ally deny that.

Two administration officials familiar with the matter said Trump changed his mind about imposing additional sanctions and that was not communicated to Haley.

Nauert said the United States anxious that the evidence would "deteriorate" the longer the inspectors were delayed.

Britain's ambassador to the OPCW Peter Wilson said it was now unclear when the inspectors would be able to reach it.

Moscow had warned the US before the strike that it could hit back if the USA actions jeopardize Russian servicemen in Syria, and the allies had given Russia an advance warning to make sure no Russians were in the line of fire.

The OPCW sent a fact-finding team to Syria on Saturday.

An official close to the Syrian government said the United Nations security team had been met by protesters demonstrating against the USA -led strikes, but did not mention any shooting. Our strikes were focused on crippling Syria's chemical weapons capabilities and deterring their further use, consistent with US and our allies' policy on Syria.

Russia, a supporter of the regime, has claimed chemical weapons were not used in Douma and even accused the United Kingdom of staging the attack.

Lavrov noted that despite the escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington, the USA made sure it didn't harm any Russian personnel and positions during the strikes against the regime of President Bashar Assad following a suspected chemical attack on the town of Douma.

In response to the attack, four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s joined co-ordinated missile strikes, launching Storm Shadow missiles at a base 15 miles west of Homs.

The Associated Press spoke to survivors, who said they encountered a powerful smell like chlorine.