Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

The strikes, in collaboration with the USA and France, are in response to an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week.

Britain's defense ministry said initial indications were that the precision weapons and meticulous target planning had "resulted in a successful attack".

"There is a wider question on the future political solution for Syria and that is a matter that we will continue to pursue in diplomatic and political channels with our worldwide partners and allies", May said.

"But it was the world saying that we have had enough of the use of chemical weapons, the erosion of that taboo that has been in place for 100 years has gone too far under Bashar Assad", he said. France, the U.S. and the United Kingdom have circulated a joint draft resolution on Syria at the UN Security Council that denounces the use of chemical weapons there and demands the establishment of an independent mechanism for investigating such incidents, AFP reported on Saturday evening.

May said she would address parliament on Monday about the strikes.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sustain the response until the government of Assad stopped its use of chemical weapons.

Tonight I want to speak with you about why we have taken this action.


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

Britain's defense ministry said "very careful scientific analysis" had been applied to maximize the destruction of stockpiled chemicals while minimizing any risk of contamination to surrounding areas.

British MPs voted down taking military action against Damascus in 2013, in what was widely viewed as an assertion of parliamentary sovereignty on the use of force.

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the strike as "limited and targeted".

Former Labour foreign secretary David Miliband, now head of humanitarian relief group the International Rescue Committee, said military action needed to be part of a wider political strategy.

The rush to action following an alleged chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma on April 7 was condemned by several British opposition parties who wanted parliament recalled.

"And we can not wait to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks".

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