Britain needs to join fight against Syrian regime, government agrees

On early Saturday, April 14, 2018, the United States, United Kingdom, and French armed forces launched air strikes against Syria in response to the recent suspected chemical weapon attack that killed dozens of people.

Volunteer first responders and activists said a chemical attack by the Syrian government killed more than 40 people in the town of Douma, which drew global outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response.

The British government has signaled it is ready to back USA military action against Syria, saying it is "highly likely" the Assad regime used chemical weapons on its own people and that such action could not go unchallenged.

Mrs May will make the statement explaining why she ordered British cruise missile strikes and will then take questions from MPs.

"The three leaders agreed that the military strikes taken against the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons sites had been a success", a No 10 spokesman said.

She added that she would address parliament on Monday.

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Regime".

He said: "The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons".

"This was not about interfering in a civil war, and it was not about regime change", May said on Saturday.

"This persistent pattern of behaviour must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the worldwide norm that prevents the use of these weapons".

"History teaches us that the worldwide community must defend the global rules and standards that keep us all safe".

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".

British Prime Minister Theresa May's senior ministers agreed on the need for action at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, but Downing Street did not specify what measures the United Kingdom would take.

The Labour leader said chlorine has been used by "a number of parties in the conflict" in Syria as a weapon and questioned the legality of the airstrikes.

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

"Most worrying, is that she has acted at the behest of presidential tweets and sidelined parliament", he said.

Trump chastised Syria's two main allies, Russia and Iran, for their roles in supporting "murderous dictators", and noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin had guaranteed a 2013 worldwide agreement for Assad to get rid of all of his chemical weapons.

The move comes after Donald Trump warned Russian Federation - which is backing the Syrian government - that USA missiles "will be coming" in the wake of the attack, which left dozens dead in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.

May isn't legally required to do that, though it has become conventional since the 2003 invasion of Iraq for lawmakers to be given the chance to vote before British forces are deployed.

But rival politicians and some Conservative colleagues have called for a parliamentary vote before any British involvement.

Ms May recalled ministers from their Easter holiday to debate action over what she has cast as a barbaric poison gas attack by Syrian government forces on civilians in the formerly rebel-controlled town of Douma, just east of the capital Damascus.

In 2015 lawmakers approved United Kingdom strikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria, but not on government forces.

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