US, French, British Forces Launch Air Strike Against Syria

US, French, British Forces Launch Air Strike Against Syria

She declined to say whether Bashar al-Assad should stay in power and said talks with allies would continue on finding a political solution to the civil war.

Ministers said there was need to "deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", and alleviate the humanitarian situation, a Downing Street statement said.

After warning Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that a possible military strike against Syria "could be very soon or not so soon at all".

Speaking on Wednesday, Mrs May said the UK, America and France were "rapidly reaching the understanding" that the Assad regime was responsible for the atrocity.

May said intelligence and open source accounts indicated that the regime was behind the attack in Douma last Saturday. It will be up to Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow to decide whether to allow an emergency debate, and he has been a strong advocate of the right of Parliament to scrutinize the government. He said earlier this week that France was ready to attack the "chemical capabilities" of the Assad regime.

She added: "Russia can complain all it wants about fake news but no-one is buying its lies and its cover-ups". However, President Trump hinted that future strikes might be carried out if President Assad repeated his use of chemical weapons.

May doesn't have a majority in Parliament, but the Democratic Unionist Party, which is propping up her government, said it backed her actions.

"There is broad based global support for the action we have taken", she will say.

The MoD added the facility was located "some distance" from "concentrations of civilian habitation", and the risk of contamination to the surrounding area had been minimized.


The BBC said May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in action led by the United States without seeking prior approval from parliament.

British opposition lawmakers are calling for Parliament to be given a vote before any military action.

"This is the first time as Prime Minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly", she said. The poll showed 43 percent of voters opposed such a strike and 34 percent did not know what should be done.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's senior ministers agreed on the need for action at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, but Downing Street did not specify what measures the United Kingdom would take.

He said: "The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons".

The move comes after Donald Trump warned Russian Federation - which is backing the Syrian government - that U.S. missiles "will be coming" in the wake of the attack, which left dozens dead in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron lost a parliamentary vote on air strikes against Mr Assad's forces in 2013 when 30 Conservative lawmakers voted against action, with many Britons wary of entering another conflict after intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya failed to bring stability to the region.

Britain has been launching air strikes in Syria from its military base in Cyprus, but only against targets linked to the Islamic State militant group. A US -led coalition has been conducting airstrikes in Syria since September 2014 as part of a largely successful effort to break the IS grip on both Syria and Iraq.

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