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United Kingdom joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

United Kingdom joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

The strikes were conducted with the United States and France.

The British Prime Minister detailed "limited and targeted strikes" on chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

Professor Iain Begg, Research Fellow at the European Institute and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), told Xinhua: "A volley of bombs may help the USA and its allies feel they have reacted in a timely and proportionate manner to the undoubted horror of the use by the Syrian regime of chemical weapons, but the inevitable worry will be that they have not thought through what happens next".

French President Emmanuel Macron said the strikes had been limited so far to Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest", she added.

The strikes were launched in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks that President Donald Trump labelled as "crimes of a monster" and US Defence officials have said that both US ships and aircraft were used in the strikes.

May said she would address parliament on Monday about the strikes.

Theresa May declined to say whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should stay in power and said talks with allies would continue on finding a political solution to the civil war.

Although the British government on Saturday defended its decision to join the US -led military strikes on Syria without consulting Parliament first, British opinion leaders immediately questioned about the Whitehall's legal justification of such a military action.

Damascus defiant as Trump-ordered strikes destroy chemical weapons facilities
A statement released Friday by French President Emmanuel Macron said that a "red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed". Trump had also grown exasperated with Russian Federation for doing nothing to stop the Syrian government from using the weapons.

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the poisoning - a charge vehemently denied by Moscow which has accused London of failing to come up with evidence for its claims.

Britain's defense ministry said "very careful scientific analysis" had been applied to maximize the destruction of stockpiled chemicals while minimizing any risk of contamination to surrounding areas.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is "confident" that the air strikes carried out by all three countries have been successful, according to the BBC.

"The UK operated together with our closest allies to alleviate further humanitarian suffering by degrading the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability", asserted the premier.

But they backed action in Iraq the following year, and again in Syria in 2015, strictly limiting strikes to targets of the Islamic State group.

He also did not rule out future military action.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain's Labour Party, speaks at the launch of their local election campaign, in London, April 9, 2018.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also said the strikes risked "dangerous escalation".


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