British Jets Take off from Cyprus Base Before Hitting Targets in Syria

Evarado Alatorre
Abril 16, 2018

The British prime minister is expected to be criticised for her decision to join the United States and France in launching military action without seeking parliamentary approval.

The shadow of the 2003 invasion of Iraq still lingers in the corridors of Britain's parliament, when MPs backed then-prime minister Tony Blair in joining USA military action.

"This collective action sends a clear message that the global community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons", May said at a press conference, calling the military action "right and legal".

"There is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", May said in a televised statement.

She added that she would address parliament on Monday.

Tonight I want to speak with you about why we have taken this action.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until the government of Assad stopped its use of chemical weapons.

"Very careful scientific analysis was applied to determine where best to target the Storm Shadows to maximise the destruction of the stockpiled chemicals and to minimise any risks of contamination to the surrounding area", the ministry said. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime.

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

He also did not rule out future military action.

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 more than two-fifths opposed action.

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", the USA president said in a televised address.

"Bombing can not substitute for diplomacy", he said.

"One year ago, Assad launched a savage chemical weapons attack against his own innocent people".

"It was both right and legal to take military action together with our closest allies to alleviate further humanitarian suffering by degrading the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability", May said.

"If the West had acted against Assad's chemical weapons attacks in 2013, we might not have had to embark on military action now".

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