UK PM May: British forces conduct targeted strike against Syria

UK PM May: British forces conduct targeted strike against Syria

Four Royal Air Force Tornado jets using Storm Shadow missiles had taken part in the attack on a military facility near Homs where it was assessed Syria had stockpiled chemicals, Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Theresa May received unanimous cabinet backing for United Kingdom military action against Syrian regime targets after senior ministers were briefed by Sir Mark Sedwill, the national security adviser, on the intelligence case pointing to President Assad's culpability for the Douma attack.

In a statement published on his Facebook page Saturday, Corbyn said: "Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace".

Air strikes in Syria should act as a warning to Russian Federation over its use of chemical weapons, Theresa May has said.

Ministers will consider the options for backing military action threatened by the United States and its allies.

These detailed reports from WHO's partners come as the UN Security Council tried and failed on Tuesday to adopt two competing resolutions that would have established a mechanism to investigate the use of chemical weapons in Syria, as well as another resolution concerning a fact-finding mission in the war-torn country.

The Western missile strikes demonstrate the volatile nature of the Syrian civil war, which started in March 2011 as an anti-Assad uprising but is now a proxy conflict involving a number of world and regional powers and a myriad of insurgent groups. It was the basis for France's involvement in a joint military operation with the US and Britain to target Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

The allies wants to prevent a repeat of an apparent chemical attack in Douma.

"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 British PM also linked the increasing use of chemical weapons with the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, insisting they were both "part of a pattern of disregard".

"You assured me [last night] that the attorney general had given clear legal advice approving the action".

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May has not confirmed whether Britain will participate directly, but moved closer to it Wednesday, saying "the continued use of chemical weapons can not go unchallenged".

Parliament is in recess until Monday, though it could be called back early for an emergency debate.

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the need to act quickly and protect what she calls "operational security" led her to decide to join the allied strikes in Syria without a prior vote in Parliament.

"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 US -led invasion of Iraq".

'And a significant body of information including intelligence indicates the Syrian regime is responsible for this latest attack.

May has indicated she wants Britain to join in any US -led strikes in response to the attack in Douma.

The condemnation by the United Kingdom and France followed earlier worldwide reaction to the attack in Douma.

The military action was announced by President Donald Trump on Friday after a suspected chemical attack in Douma, Syria earlier this month that killed dozens.

"There have been many instances when we have seen them using those chemical weapons".

After warning Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that a possible military strike against Syria "could be very soon or not so soon at all".

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