Syria strikes send 'clear message' on chemical weapons: May


The UK is "confident" that air strikes carried out by Britain, the USA and France on suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria have been successful, the PM has said.

After warning Russian Federation on Wednesday of imminent military action, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was holding meetings on Syria and expected to make decisions "fairly soon".

But she also drew a link with the nerve agent attack on Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

Although the British government on Saturday defended its decision to join the US -led military strikes on Syria without consulting Parliament first, British opinion leaders immediately questioned about the Whitehall's legal justification of such a military action.

Also that it is not about a wider intervention in the Syrian civil war which would, in our view, be counter productive.

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"Initial indications are that the precision of the Storm Shadow weapons and meticulous target planning have resulted in a successful attack", it said.

In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the ruling Scottish Nationalist Party, said: "Syria's use of chemical weapons is sickening, but the question that the Prime Minister has not answered is how this action, taken without parliamentary approval, will halt their use or bring long term peace".

All crews from the Royal Air Force Tornado jets returned safely, Williamson said. Trump said strikes on Syria are under way. A ministry spokesman declined to give further details on the attack or the number of missiles launched.

The rush to action following an alleged chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma on April 7 was condemned by several British opposition parties who wanted parliament recalled. Moscow has denied any involvement.

May, whose government is propped up by a small Northern Irish party, said Britain and the West had an obligation to deter both Assad and others from using chemical weapons after the poison gas attack in Douma near Damascus killed up to 75 people, including children, last Saturday.

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"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world", the PM stated.

Stewart McDonald of the Scottish National Party said: "The PM has engaged United Kingdom forces in gesture bombing, with no major global consensus and no long term plan to halt the use of chemical weapons or deliver peace".

Prime Minister Theresa May needed to act with speed when she ordered a missile attack on Syria and she will update parliament on Monday, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told BBC radio. "Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace".

"Britain should be playing a leadership role to bring about a ceasefire in the conflict, not taking instructions from Washington and putting British military personnel in harm's way", Corbyn said.

"Corbyn will rail against military action, claiming it could widen the conflict, but if he won't sanction military action against a regime that is using chemical weapons on its own people, when would he ever sanction it?" he told AFP.

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Prime Minister Theresa May explained Britain's decision to join the attacks, saying there was no alternative but to do so.