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Britain needs to join fight against Syrian regime, government agrees

Britain needs to join fight against Syrian regime, government agrees Britain needs to join fight against Syrian regime, government agrees
Patty Aguilar | 16 April, 2018, 22:27

The BBC earlier on Wednesday 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.

"This legally questionable action risks escalating further.an already devastating conflict".

Labour MP Kevin Brennan wrote: "Parliamentary approval should have been sought".

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Russian experts have inspected the site of the alleged attack in Douma, just east of Damascus, and found no trace of chemical weapons.

In the televised address, Mr Trump said the allies would continue their response until Bashar Al-Assad, the Syrian president, ceased its use of chemical weapons.

"The UK is permitted under worldwide law, on an exceptional basis, to take measures in order to alleviate overwhelming humanitarian suffering", the statement said.

It was not clear whether Labour or other opposition parties would be able to force an emergency debate after May's statement, or whether the speaker in the House of Commons would grant what one party source called a "meaningful vote".

Russia's ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko said The White Helmets, a group of humanitarian volunteers, are supported by the British Government and are "famous for staging fake chemical attacks".

Deploying the armed forces is a prerogative power, meaning the prime minister can launch action without backing from MPs.

May recalled the ministers from their Easter holiday for the meeting at 3.30 pm (1430 GMT) in Downing Street to discuss Britain's response to what she has cast as a barbaric attack that can not go unchallenged.

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The U.S. has about 2,000 troops on the ground in Syria as advisers to a makeshift group of anti-Islamic State fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.

"But I believe it should also be a message to others that the worldwide community is not going to stand by and allow chemical weapons to be used with impunity". The strikes at 0100 GMT were 15 miles (24 kilometres) west of Homs.

"The situation in Syria is horrific, the use of chemical weapons is something the world has to prevent", Britain's Brexit Minister David Davis said on Thursday morning.

May said the strike was "limited and targeted" and came after intelligence indicated that Syrian military officials had co-ordinated a chlorine attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 7.

Both Syria and Russian Federation have denied all responsibility for the alleged chemical attacks.

Liberal Democrats leader Sir Vince Cable demanded Parliament be recalled to discuss and vote on the Syria crisis, telling the BBC: 'The position is a very unsafe one because of Russian involvement - also because we have an erratic president of the United States'. The government said its actions met the required tests.

However, there was some support for May.

She now relies on the support of a small Northern Irish party, which has supported the action in Syria, and has tried to dodge votes that might not go her way.

Peter Felstead, editor of Jane's Defence Weekly, said he did not think May would face a "serious backlash", as the strikes ultimately were politically and operationally "the right thing to do".

The UK Cabinet agreed Thursday "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", according to the Downing Street statement.

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