Britain says we had to attack Syria, strikes were highly successful

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

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.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been "working in close collaboration" with United Nations security experts "to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the team", it said.

Over 100 missiles were fired on the morning of Saturday, April 14, targeting what representatives of coalition forces called chemical weapons sites in retaliation for an earlier poison gas attack.

But May said intelligence pointed to the Syrian government being behind the suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma last Saturday, and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said speed was "essential".

"This is not about intervening in a civil war".

The Russian Foreign Ministry slammed those allegations as a bogus story, while Russia's Defense Ministry pointed out that the White Helmets were not a reliable source of information as they were known for spreading fabricated news.

President Donald Trump on Saturday described the alleged chemical attacks in Syria as the "crimes of a monster" as the United States launched precision strikes on the war-torn nation jointly with the United Kingdom and France.

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May said the strikes would "send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity".

She said that at an emergency cabinet meeting in London on Thursday "we agreed that it was both right and legal to take military action" after hearing legal advice.

"Very careful scientific analysis was applied to determine where best to target the Storm Shadows to maximise the destruction of the stockpiled chemicals and to minimise any risks of contamination to the surrounding area", the ministry said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the strike as "limited and targeted".

Opinion polls suggest most Britons do not support military action.

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, said in a statement.

According to the press officer, "we are dealing with an attack under a false pretext, a false legal basis and a false result".

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