Missile Strikes Against Syria Not For Regime Change: Theresa May

A Tornado jet pilot gives the thumbs up to an engineer at RAF Marham Norfolk

A Tornado jet pilot gives the thumbs up to an engineer at RAF Marham Norfolk

Sky News reported that May was expected to ask her ministers on Thursday to approve Britain's involvement in military action against Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure.

The United States, along with assurance from France and the United Kingdom, launched a response Friday against the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad days after his government allegedly used chemical weapons on its citizens.

"So 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 British government said the deadly raid was "a shocking and barbaric act" which killed people "in the most appalling and inhumane way".

NATO ENVOYS BRIEFED: The United States, France and Britain told Nato envoys on Saturday that the coordinated air strikes overnight were a last resort aimed to stop more chemical attacks.

"Cabinet agreed that the Assad regime has a track record of the use of chemical weapons and it is highly likely that the regime is responsible for Saturday's attack", it said.

"This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime", he said of the suspected deadly gas attack a week ago on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma.

A US -led attack on Syria will be seen as limited if it is now over and there is no second round of strikes, said a senior official in the regional alliance that has supported President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian war. On Wednesday, Trump appeared to recommend airstrikes had been imminent, warning Russia, Syria's key ally, to "prepare" for navy motion.

Russian Federation has been granted a request for the United Nations Security Council to meet on Friday for fresh discussions on the threat to global peace from air strikes on Syria.

A YouGov poll for The Times newspaper this week indicated that only a fifth of voters believed that Britain should launch attacks on Syrian military targets and 43 percent opposed action.

The UK has joined America and France in carrying out air strikes on Syrian chemical weapons facilities near Damascus and Homs.

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"Air strikes by USA and United Kingdom forces have not resolved the situation in Syria in the past and I am not persuaded they will do so now".

In the end, only three chemical weapons facilities were hit - the coalition hopes this will be seen as proportionate by the global community and acceptable to the Kremlin.

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

A significant body of information including intelligence indicates the Syrian Regime is responsible for this latest attack.

"If Western countries had really wanted to get rid of Assad, they would have done it seven years ago", he said, at the camp for the displaced near the city of Al-Bab. She repeated that it was about sending a strong message about chemical attacks.

The strikes attacks come after claims of a chemical attack in an area called Douma which shocked a lot of people.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson backed the PM, writing on Twitter that the world was "united in its disgust for any use of chemical weapons, but especially against civilians".

A further chemical weapons equipment storage site also in the region of Homs.

Speaking of Assad and his suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attack, Trump said, "These are not the actions of a man".

Both Moscow and Damascus have invited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to send a fact-finding mission to Douma and investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons there.

Merkel has however ruled out joining any possible strikes against Syria.

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