United Kingdom hit a specific and limited set of targets in Syria: May

Kenny Tucker
April 14, 2018

"I want to state categorically ... that Britain has no involvement and would never have any involvement in the use of a chemical weapon", she said, the Guardian reported.

Earlier Saturday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said that she has authorised the United Kingdom armed forces to conduct "coordinated and targeted strikes" in response to alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma earlier this month.

A statement by French President Emmanuel Macron said many people were killed or injured in the suspected chemical attack.

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

"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." she asserted.

May said the missile strike was created to minimize any civilian casualties and was not an attempt to change the Syrian government.

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

The air strikes were in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack in Douma earlier this week, which saw horrific images of its aftermath broadcast worldwide.

In a briefing at Downing Street on Saturday morning, May said she would have preferred an alternative path, instead of punitive strikes but that there was none available.

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May held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss possible action on Thursday and there had been calls for the British parliament to be consulted before any air strikes.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that Storm Shadow missiles had been launched by four RAF Tornados at a former missile base, 15 miles of Homs, where it is believe President al-Assad's regime has been residing.

Parliament is not due to reconvene until Monday, following its Easter recess.

President Trump said the three allies had "marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality".

"This legally questionable action risks escalating further.an already devastating conflict", he said, adding that May should have sought parliamentary approval.

For his part, the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Gerard Batten, opposed the British military action in Syria.

Other opposition leaders joined in the criticism.

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