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Hold France orders military action in Syria with US, Britain

15 April 2018, 06:36 | Opal Carroll

Hold France orders military action in Syria with US, Britain

Theresa May authorised Syria strikes without Parliament approval in national interest due to need for speed

U.S., British, and French forces launched air strikes against targets in Syria in the first coordinated Western military action against the Damascus regime.

"Last year (US) President Donald Trump said that the use of chemical weapons would violate a red line".

May referred specifically to last month's nerve agent attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the southern English cathedral city of Salisbury that she has blamed on Russian Federation.

He said: "I firmly support the military action taken in Syria".

"This action was proportionate and targeted, it was not aimed at (Syrian President Bashar al) Assad's allies nor at the civilian population", Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a televised statement.

The group said it "strongly condemned" the action and accused May of "sanctioning killing" at US President Donald Trump's behest.

Professor Iain Begg, Research Fellow at the European Institute and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), told Xinhua: "A volley of bombs may help the US and its allies feel they have reacted in a timely and proportionate manner to the undoubted horror of the use by the Syrian regime of chemical weapons, but the inevitable worry will be that they have not thought through what happens next".

Four Royal Air Force Tornado jets from the Akrotiri base in Cyprus fired Storm Shadow missiles at a military facility near Homs where it was assessed that Syria had stockpiled chemicals, Britain's Ministry of Defence said. "We believe that the strikes we have taken last night had a significant impact in terms of what the Syrian regime can do in the future".

May said the strike was "limited and targeted" and came after intelligence indicated that Syrian military officials had co-ordinated a chlorine attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 7.

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The opposition leader questioned the prime minister's statement that the Syria attack is "right and legal". Moscow has denied any involvement.

She said nearly a century of global acceptance about not using chemical weapons had been eroded in Douma and Salisbury.

"He said global investigators were in Syria and ready to visit the site of a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack in Douma, which prompted military action by the United States, France and Britain".

"Corbyn will rail against military action, claiming it could widen the conflict, but if he won't sanction military action against a regime that is using chemical weapons on its own people, when would he ever sanction it?" he told AFP. Her predecessor David Cameron aborted plans to attack Syria in 2013 after he tried, and failed, to secure MPs' backing for airstrikes.

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a backlash from the domestic opposition after launching military strikes Saturday on Syria without consulting parliament.

"We have hit a specific and limited set of targets", she 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", he said.

"The Prime Minister could and should have recalled Parliament this week and sought the approval of MPs before proceeding". No debate in Parliament about the action or its potential consequences.



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