Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

United Kingdom joins military action in Syria

United Kingdom joins military action in Syria

Britain's Ministry of Defence said four Royal Air Force Tornado jets from the Akrotiri base in Cyprus fired Storm Shadow Missiles at a military facility near Homs where it was assessed that Syria had stockpiled chemicals.

The strikes were part of a joint operation by the United States, Britain and France, and were carried out as a response to last weekend's chemical attack by the Syrian regime.

"As I discussed with President Trump and President Macron, it was a limited, targeted and effective strike with clear boundaries that expressly sought to avoid escalation and did everything possible to prevent civilian casualties", according her televised remarks on Sky News.

"This is not about intervening in a civil war". It is not about regime change. As a result of this attack at least 70 people died.

"This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime", Trump alleged.

In a statement to the Commons, she will also set out her justification for the decision - arguing that it was done to alleviate further humanitarian suffering in Syria caused by chemical weapons attacks.

It said the Syrian regime has been using chemical weapons since 2013, killing almost 1,000 civilians and injuring hundreds more which constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity.

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U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until the government of Assad stopped its use of chemical weapons.

Both Syria, which denies any chemical use, and Russian Federation, which provides military support to the Syrian government, have reacted angrily to the action.

"The facility which was struck is located some distance from any known concentrations of civilian habitation, reducing yet further any such risk", it added.

The Prime Minister also warned Russian Federation that the air strikes should act as a warning over its use of chemical weapons.

It comes as London has blamed Moscow for a nerve agent attack on a former double agent and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury last month.

Britain's prime minister is about to face questions in parliament about the UK's decision to launch coordinated attacks on Syria - alongside American and French forces - without parliamentary approval.

"There is broad based global support for the action we have taken", she will say, according to British media.

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"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world", she said.

The question in any vote will be how many of May's own Conservatives break ranks.

May is not obliged to win parliament's approval, but a non-binding constitutional convention to do so has been established since a 2003 vote on joining the USA -led invasion of Iraq.

"We believe that the strikes we have taken last night had a significant impact in terms of what the Syrian regime can do in the future".

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", said Jeremy Corbyn, the veteran leftist leader of the main opposition Labour Party.

Mr Johnson said action had to be taken against Syria for the Douma attack during an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

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