A team of UN experts are investigating the apparent chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of Damascus. Syrian activists said the team will conduct more tests and hold more interviews with the wounded. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon today said the experts would finish their work by Friday and leave the area by Saturday. That timetable seemed to suggest that any US strike on Syria would not come before Saturday.
While the UN has urged the US, Britain and France not to rush to attack Syria without definitive evidence, American officials seem convinced that Assad did use chemical weapons and continued to prepare for a strike. The opposition Syrian National Coalition urged the international community to launch a harsh strike against President Bashar Al-Assad quickly. Press reports said Assad has moved many of his troops away from military escalations fearing they could be attacked.