'Enough is enough': Boris Johnson defends Syria air strikes

Syria from'chemical attack to retaliatory strikes

Syria from'chemical attack to retaliatory strikes

"It is not about regime change", May said in statement made from her country residence at Chequers just minutes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the strikes from the White House. "We sent a clear message to Assad and his murderous lieutenants that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons' attack for which they will be held accountable".

Meanwhile, Britain's main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the USA -led military strikes on Syria jointly staged by three leading Western countries as a "legally questionable action", saying that the British government should "not taking instructions from Washington".

"Tonight, France, the United Kingdom and the United States took decisive action to strike the Syrian chemical weapons' infrastructure", Defense Secretary James Mattis said.

She will repeat Saturday's assertion that Britain was "confident in our own assessment that the Syrian regime was highly likely responsible" and that it could not wait "to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks", according to excerpts of her speech.

United States airstrikes targeted Syrian chemical weapons infastructure
But the joint U.N. -OPCW mechanism ended in November 2017 after Russian Federation repeatedly blocked attempts at renewing it. Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons arsenal in 2013 and submit to OPCW inspections.

The Russian embassy noted that "the gist of British reasoning is that the whole worldwide community recognizes that a "new" chemical attack in Syria is imminent and that only the air strikes could prevent it".

"We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this", the prime minister said.

"Britain should be playing a leadership role to bring about a ceasefire in the conflict, not taking instructions from Washington and putting British military personnel in harm's way", Corbyn said.

He also did not rule out future military action. Also that it is not about a wider intervention in the Syrian civil war which would, in our view, be counter productive.

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May 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.

A series of missile strikes were launched last night against Syria by the US, UK and France in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma a week ago. The group, which has been working with United Nations Department of Safety and Security, will continue the fact-finding mission.

Meanwhile, Former Royal Artillery officer General Sir Richard Barrons, writing a commentary carried by the Times newspaper, warned the strikes may come at a cost.

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