United Kingdom hit a specific and limited set of targets in Syria: May

United Kingdom hit a specific and limited set of targets in Syria: May

In the biggest foreign military action so far against Syria's regime, Western officials said a barrage of cruise and air-to-land missiles hit targets near Damascus and in Homs province including a scientific research centre, storage facilities and a command post.

"I believe that the action taken will have significantly degraded the Syrian regime's ability to use chemical weapons", she said.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released a statement Saturday saying the organization is in Syria to conduct an investigation into the allegation that the April 7 attack in Duma was a chemical one and will remain there until the task is complete.

"Important infrastructure was destroyed which will result in a setback for the Syrian regime", Mattis said. "No other group could have carried this attack", May said.

The US president claimed that the joint action was meant to establish a "strong deterrent" against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons.

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


Russia, which intervened in the war in 2015 to back Assad, has denied there was a chemical attack and has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

In her comments, May also alluded to a nerve agent attack in Britain last month on a former Russian spy and his daughter.

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".

British jets fired missiles at a Syrian military base suspected of holding chemical weapons ingredients on Saturday in Britain's first military action against President Bashar al-Assad's regime. "It is not about regime change", May said in statement made from her country residence at Chequers just minutes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the strikes from the White House.

The DUP has backed Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to authorise air strikes in Syria.

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

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