United Kingdom joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

The United States is preparing to impose sanctions on Russian Federation for "covering up" the actions of the Assad regime.

Britain's defense ministry said initial indications were that the precision weapons and meticulous target planning had "resulted in a successful attack".

The Prime Minister spent Saturday evening speaking to world leaders to explain why Britain had joined forces with France and the United States and will insist the three nations are "not alone" in believing it was the "right thing to do".

"This collective action sends a clear message that the global community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons", May said at a press conference, calling the military action "right and legal". China's foreign ministry responding to the mission launched to deter chemical weapons in Syria called for a fair objective investigation into the suspected chemical weapon attacks and said it believes only a political settlement is the way to resolve the Syrian issue, Reuters reported.

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.

She added that she would address parliament on Monday.

David Cameron, who was prime minister in 2013, tweeted on Saturday: "As we have seen in the past, inaction has its consequences".

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When asked if Syria's Assad could remain leader as long as he refrained from further use of chemical weapons, May said: "This was about, as I have said and you have recognized, this was specifically about the use of chemical weapons".

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest", she added.

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

The former missile base was assessed to have been used by the Syrian regime to "keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled in breach of Syria's obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention", the MoD said in a statement.

Shanghai: USA, UK, France altogether carried out airstrikes in Syria today after a recent poisonous gas leak killed 75 civilians in Syria's Douma region under Syrian President Bashar regime.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that Canada stands with its allies and that it supports the decision " to take action to degrade the Assad regime's ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against its own people".

"And we can not wait to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks".

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