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>> The US and Syria offering conflicting reports Tuesday as to whether global chemical weapons inspectors were able to reach the town of Douma, which was the site of a suspected poison gas attack which killed dozens. That attack, prompting a coordinated attack from the US, the UK, and France to hit Syrian chemical weapons facilities with other 100 cruise missiles.
An attack which the Pentagon claimed crippled the government's chemical weapons program. On Tuesday, Syrian state media reported the investigators for the Organization For The Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had reached the town, a claim the US State Department disputed.>> We can't independently confirm that at this time. Our sources, which we consider to be reliable indicate that the team has not yet been able to enter Douma.
So that is our understanding of the situation, at least as of right now.>> And a diplomatic source in The Hague said the experts have not entered Douma. Syria and its ally Russia deny that any chemical attack took place. The timing here is of the essence. The US has accused Russia of blocking access and France has said it's very likely evidence of any poison gas attack would have disappeared before investigators could even reach the site.
As Syria slowly becomes a vortex threatening to suck world powers into a hot conflict, on Tuesday, Israel released details about what it described as an Iranian air force deployed in Syria. Including civilian planes suspected of transferring arms. Some are reading it as a signal from Israel that these assets could be attacked should tensions with Terran escalate.