Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

UK's Johnson Backs Government's Decision to Strike Syria With No Parl't Approval

UK's Johnson Backs Government's Decision to Strike Syria With No Parl't Approval

Last Saturday, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched strikes on a number of targets in Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

Britain's intelligence agencies are on the alert for possible revenge attacks by the Kremlin in response to the Syria airstrikes, after reports that a disinformation operation linked to Russian Federation was increasing its output.

"The overwhelming why this was the right thing to do, and that is to deter the use of chemical weapons - not just by the Assad regime - but around the world", Mr Johnson said.

Johnson said on Sunday to CNN that Britain had to move quickly on Syria, ruling out parliamentary approval.

"Finally the world has said enough is enough", he said.


The OPCW itself had declared that the Syrian regime's chemical weapons stockpile had been removed in 2014, only to confirm later that sarin was used in a 2017 attack in the northern town of Khan Sheikhun.

"If even such a thing [a chemical attack] were to happen, then clearly, with allies, we would study what the options were", he added.

Britain and its allies have since the strikes renewed diplomatic efforts at the United Nations, circulating a joint draft resolution at the Security Council calling for an investigation into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Meanwhile Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said Parliament should have been given a vote ahead of the strikes.

"Where is the legal basis for this?" he said.

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