US, UK, France targeted Syria with 110 missiles: Syrian Comdr

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2018

The United States, Britain and France opted to strike Syria for its apparent use of chemical weapons without waiting for a report from U.N. inspectors because they were convinced that the Assad government had used chlorine and sarin nerve gas against a rebel-held Damascus suburb, American officials said Saturday.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she had authorized British armed forces "to conduct coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability".

The No 10 statement issued following the Cabinet meeting said Mrs May had again described the attack on Douma as a "shocking and barbaric act" which represented a further erosion of worldwide law.

May's office added that she and her top team "agreed the prime minister should continue to work with allies in the United States and France to coordinate an worldwide response".

In a statement late on Friday, May said: "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world".

Earlier on Thursday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned the West towards attacking Syria, saying accusations in regards to the suspected chemical assault on Douma had been "fabricated".

On Wednesday, Trump appeared to suggest airstrikes were imminent, warning Russia, Syria's key ally, to "get ready" for military action.

Russian Federation called for a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, with Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia saying he believed a military strike on Syria would violate the UN charter and worldwide law. Earlier, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, told reporters in NY that those investigators were to arrive Thursday and Friday.

"The situation in Syria is horrific, the use of chemical weapons is something the world has to prevent", British Secretary of State for Exiting the EU David Davis said.

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

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The document also calls for a ceasefire resolution that was adopted in February to be enforced and "demands" that the Assad regime engage in peace talks "in good faith, constructively and without pre-conditions".

Ever since taking office, Mr Trump has been itching to take action against Iran - I'm surprised they didn't use this opportunity to leverage sanctions or some other measures.

That was despite the majority believing the Syrian government had carried out a chemical weapons attack in Douma.

Over the last week the United Kingdom government has been working intensively with our worldwide partners to build the evidence picture, and to consider what action we need to take to prevent and deter future humanitarian catastrophes caused by chemical weapons attacks. And all the indications are that this was a chemical weapons attack.

There must be urgent confirmation from the Prime Minister that there will be no further action and no change to the role of United Kingdom military in regards to Syria without a full parliamentary debate.

Both Moscow and Damascus have invited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to send a fact-finding mission to Douma and investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons there.

I also want to be clear that this military action to deter the use of chemical weapons does not stand alone. We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world.

Trump was also expected to speak to the French president, Emmanuel Macron, about what form the action could take, with the White House saying: "No final decision has been made".

But these strikes are about deterring the barbaric use of chemical weapons in Syria and beyond.

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