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Why UK joined US, France to bomb Syria - PM May

Why UK joined US, France to bomb Syria - PM May

"We are confident in our own assessment that the Syrian regime was highly likely responsible for this attack and that its persistent pattern of behaviour meant that it was highly likely to continue using chemical weapons", May will add.

Labour has called for the law to be changed for any future interventions.

Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative chairman of parliament's foreign affairs scrutiny committee and a former army officer, said May had "taken the correct decision".

May, whose government is propped up by a small Northern Irish party, said Britain and the West had an obligation to deter both Assad and others from using chemical weapons after the poison gas attack in Douma near Damascus killed up to 75 people, including children.

The missile attacks were launched in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week ago, a response Syria and its allies Russian Federation and Iran have said violates worldwide law.

Trump said Assad's recent attack was a fallout of Russia's "failure" to keep the promise of eliminating Syria's chemical weapons.

She promised to brief parliament and answer lawmakers' questions on Monday.

She is also expected to ask the Speaker for permission to hold an emergency debate in Parliament on the issue of Syria.

"In 2013, President Putin and his government promised the world that they would guarantee the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons".

The Green Party, which has one MP, said May had "trampled over parliamentary democracy" and demanded a vote in the House of Commons on the strikes.

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But it would not give MPs the chance to formally approve or reject the air strikes themselves, says the BBC's political editor, Laura Kuenssberg.

May, whose leadership has been questioned after scandals, divisions over Brexit and an ill-judged election that lost her party its majority in parliament, has found support from other global leaders for backing action against Syria.

The Russians and many western commentators insist that Assad does not need to use chemical weapons as he clearly is set to finally win the seven year civil war that has claimed half a million lives.

"If we could get to a process in the United Nations where you get to a ceasefire, you get to a political solution, you then may well get to a situation where there could be a United Nations force established to enforce that ceasefire", he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

And Mr Johnson defended the strikes in his appearance on the Marr show, stressing the "limits" of what the United Kingdom was seeking to achieve. "And so to achieve this there must also be a wider diplomatic effort - including the full range of political and economic levers - to strengthen the global norms prohibiting the use of chemical weapons which have stood for almost a century", May said.

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

The MoD added the facility was located "some distance" from "concentrations of civilian habitation", and the risk of contamination to the surrounding area had been minimised.

Britain continues to support the US-led coalition targeting IS jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and has conducted more than 1,700 strikes.

Last night the UN Security Council has rejected a resolution tabled by Russian Federation calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the United States and its allies against Syria.

There has been no confirmation of any civilian casualties.


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