Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

British PM says no alternative to use of force in Syria

British PM says no alternative to use of force in Syria

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. "The opposition does not operate helicopters or use barrel bombs".

Although the British government on Saturday defended its decision to join the USA -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 joint attack by the United States, Britain, and France, which began at 3:55 a.m. local time (0055 GMT), launched some 110 missiles targeting Syrian military sites in the Syrian capital Damascus and elsewhere, Syria's state news agency SANA said, citing the military.

The strikes were launched in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks that President Donald Trump labelled as "crimes of a monster" and US Defence officials have said that both US ships and aircraft were used in the strikes.

Mrs May also felt there was "no graver decision" for a British Prime Minister than to have to deploy British forces as part of military action.

Sturgeon said the suspected use of chemical weapons was "sickening", but warned that the latest action risked "dangerous escalation".

He reiterated that Canada condemns the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta.

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.

The 61-year-old politician expressed that Syrian regime had continued to use chemical weapons and will continue to do so affirming that 'this must be stopped'.


The Kremlin on Friday claimed that British intelligence forces helped stage the attack on the Syrian town of Douma last weekend.

Putin's foreign ministry has branded the attacks a "tremendous blow to the negotiation process".

Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador to London, said the White Helmets, a British-funded civil defense force, were responsible for staging fake chemical attacks.

Trump said strikes on Syria are under way.

May is not obliged to win parliament's approval before ordering military action, but a non-binding constitutional convention to do so has been established since a 2003 vote on joining the US -led invasion of Iraq.

This persistent pattern of behavior 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. The barbaric and intolerable use of chemical weapons should never go unchecked.

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

At this time, my thoughts are with our fearless British servicemen and women - and our French and American partners - who are carrying out their duty with the greatest professionalism.

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