United Kingdom jets fire at Syrian base in 'limited and targeted' strike

British Forces Conduct Targeted Strike Against Syria Says Theresa May

British Forces Conduct Targeted Strike Against Syria Says Theresa May

May said intelligence and open source accounts indicated that the Syrian government was behind the attack in Douma last Saturday.

He warned that intervention would lead to a proxy war with Russian Federation which would be "not only risky to Britain, but the entire world".

"We have hit a specific and limited set of targets", she said.

Four British fighter jets struck a military base near Homs where Britain said Syrian government forces were holding chemical weapon components.

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.

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn said on Saturday there was no legal basis for British strikes against Syria and such action would encourage others to behave in the same way.

Russia, which intervened in the war in 2015 to back Assad, has denied there was a chemical attack and has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

"It is not about regime change", May said in a statement.

Dozens of civilians were killed in the chemical weapons attack in Douma.

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"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.

Polls in recent days have shown public wariness of military intervention in Syria, with Britain still haunted by its participation in the US-led invasion of Iraq.

"This collective action sends a clear message that the global community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons".

The Syrian Regime has a history of using chemical weapons against its own people in the most cruel and abhorrent way.

The Prime Minister defended her Government's decision to carry out air strikes in Syria, claiming the air strikes were in Britain's national interest.

Former PM David Cameron, who lost a vote in 2013 on taking action in Syria, said Mrs May was right to take action.

"It was right to take the action that we have done in the timing that we have done", she said.

Besides Trump, French President Emanual Macron said in a statement that they also could not tolerate the normalisation of the use of chemical weapons. We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this.


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