United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the chemical weapons team sent to Damascus to investigate alleged chemical attacks will leave Syria by Saturday morning.
He added that the experts would continue their investigations until Friday.
Syrian government officials were watching President Obama's White House speech. I didn't see them smile but there's no doubt they did.
Footage has emerged which appears to show an horrific incident incendiary weapons in northern Syria near a school.
After last week's clouds of poison gases in the suburbs, people in Damascus are bracing themselves for the expected missile retaliation.