Theresa May defends move to join Syrian strikes

Theresa May defends move to join Syrian strikes

Without elaborating on the sources of her information, Ms. Haley said the American government had estimated that the forces of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria have used chemical weapons "at least 50 times" since the war started.

'This evening I have authorised British armed forces to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use. May isn't legally required to do that, though it is conventional for lawmakers to be given the chance to vote. "The [Syrian] opposition does not operate helicopters or use barrel bombs".

"We don't want bombardment which leads to escalation and a hot war between the USA and Russian Federation over the skies of Syria", he added.

"Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval, not trailed after Donald Trump". The UK asserts that the action is not about interfering in a civil war or about regime change.

Mrs May is still yet to unequivocally point the finger of blame at the Assad government but she has spoken of the need for action "if" the regime is found to bear responsibility. However, that has been less the case in recent years.

The British Parliament was not given an opportunity to vote on military action in Syria.

In 2013, Parliament defeated a call by then-Prime Minister David Cameron for air strikes in response to an earlier chemical attack in Syria.

Lawmakers backed action in Iraq in 2014, and again in Syria in 2015, strictly limiting strikes in both countries to targets of the Islamic State jihadist group.

On Thursday, egged by hawks in her own party and in sections of the media, she called an emergency meeting of her cabinet apparently as a prelude to giving British forces the green light to launch an immediate attack on Syria.

It returns from its break on Monday, when May will face MPs' questions on the strikes.

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"And we will be working with our closest allies on how we can ensure that those who are responsible are held to account and how we can prevent and deter the humanitarian catastrophe that comes from the use of chemical weapons in the future".

Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military's General Staff says Saturday's strike hasn't caused any casualties and Syrian military facilities targeted by the U.S., Britain and France have suffered only minor damage.

She spoke with U.S. president Donald Trump last night - with both leaders agreeing that is "vital" that the use of chemical weapons does not go "unchallenged".

Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, the fourth-biggest party in parliament, accused May of "riding the coat-tails of an erratic USA president".

A day earlier, May had said Britain was still assessing who was responsible.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said the airstrikes were "limited but proportionate and justified".

The UK prime minister said only Assad regime could have carried out last week's chemical weapons attack.

Theresa May will set out the evidence that she believes shows the Syrian government was responsible, and she will set out the military options being considered with United States and French allies.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair on the other hand defends such a military move without parliamentary consent.

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