United Kingdom joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

United Kingdom joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

He said there is no doubt the Syrian government is responsible, and it had "crossed a red line".

Corbyn, a veteran anti-war campaigner, said he had written to May to ask her to publish in full the legal advice she had received prior to taking action.

"It is about a limited and targeted strike that does not further escalate tensions in the region and that does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties".

The joint attack by the United States, Britain, and France, which began at 3:55 a.m. local time (0055 GMT), launched some 110 missiles targeting Syrian military sites in the Syrian capital Damascus and elsewhere, Syria's state news agency SANA said, citing the military.

Despite her careful language, there was immediate criticism from opposition lawmakers who said May should have consulted parliament before joining US-led action in Syria.

May said she would address parliament on Monday about the strikes. Western governments, including Britain, blamed the government of Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally, for the attack.

"There is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", she said.

The strikes were launched in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks that President Donald Trump labelled as "crimes of a monster" and US Defence officials have said that both US ships and aircraft were used in the strikes.

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

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

Prime Minister Theresa May during a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London on the air strikes against Syria.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is "confident" that the air strikes carried out by all three countries have been successful, according to the BBC.

The targets included a Syrian center in the greater Damascus area for the research, development, production, and testing of chemical and biological weaponry as well as a chemical weapons storage facility near the city of Homs.

Meanwhile, Britain's main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the US -led military strikes on Syria jointly staged by three leading Western countries as a "legally questionable action", saying that the British government should "not taking instructions from Washington".

"As we have seen in the past, inaction has its consequences - so PM right to join forces with our allies to take targeted & appropriate action".

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