Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Theresa May prepares Britain to launch assault on Assad regime in Syria

Theresa May prepares Britain to launch assault on Assad regime in Syria

May has not confirmed whether Britain will participate directly, but said "the continued use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged".

"Those two things, I'm assured, we will get an answer to today", he said.

In 2013, Britain did not take part in military action in response to a chemical attack in Syria after then Prime Minister David Cameron failed to get approval from Parliament.

However, on Tuesday night Russia's ambassador to Lebanon said any USA missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted. Strike could be delivered already on Thursday.

She condemned Russian Federation for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution calling for a new body to determine responsibility for the attack, saying it meant "there can be no role now for investigations by the United Nations".

Polling for The Times indicates that only a fifth of voters believe that Britain should launch missiles on Syrian military targets.

Continuing: "This legally questionable action risks escalating further, as U.S. defence secretary James Mattis has admitted, an already devastating conflict and therefore makes real accountability for war crimes and use of chemical weapons less, not more likely".

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"They agreed to keep working closely together on the worldwide response".

A child is treated in a hospital in Douma, eastern Ghouta in Syria, after what a Syria medical relief group claims was a suspected chemical attack April, 7, 2018.

The European Union Commission's president says those who rely on chemical warfare must be held to account by the world.

Trump followed that up an hour later with a less aggressive tweet.

"The US - the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons - has no moral right to blame her countries".

That assessment appeared to echo President Macron, who said they had "proof" that "at least chlorine" was used in the attack by the regime.

Russia's UN ambassador last night called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

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"Following a discussion in which every member present made a contribution, Cabinet agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged".

"It was both right and legal to take military action together with our closest allies to alleviate further humanitarian suffering by degrading the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability", May said.

The action was approved three days after it began by 557 votes to 13 (including Jeremy Corbyn).

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable told the BBC: "Parliament can and should be recalled immediately and a vote held on this issue".

On Friday campaigners from the Stop the War Coalition will hand in a letter signed by MPs, trade unionists, celebrities and academics to Downing Street urging Mrs May to not take military action in Syria.

A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is due to start its investigation in Syria on Saturday.

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