Boris Johnson defends Syria strikes but says they won't end "horrible" war

Lula Sharp
April 16, 2018

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson on April 15 said that his government took the decision.

Russian Federation has launched a "dirty tricks" campaign against Britain and the U.S. in the wake of the Syria airstrikes as Boris Johnson warned of the need to be prepared for retaliatory attacks.

The British planes launched eight missiles at a chemical weapons storage facility, which the Ministry of Defence said was "some distance from any known concentrations of civilian habitation". I'm afraid the Syrian war, in many ways, will go in its disgusting, miserable way.

But Johnson stressed the "overwhelming purpose" of the mission was a response to a series of chemical attacks in recent years.

"There is no proposal on the table for further attacks because so far, thank heavens, the Assad regime has not been so foolish to launch another chemical weapons attack", Johnson said.

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

"The Council is supportive of all efforts aimed at the prevention of the use of chemical weapons", says the draft conclusion of the summit published by Politico EU.

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.

"I think what we need in this country is something more robust like a War Powers Act so that governments do get held to account by Parliament for what they do in our name", he told The Andrew Marr show.

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