The United States, along with Britain and France, have bombed Syria

Laverne Higgins
April 14, 2018

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.

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

Professor Iain Begg, Research Fellow at the European Institute and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), told Xinhua: "A volley of bombs may help the US and its allies feel they have reacted in a timely and proportionate manner to the undoubted horror of the use by the Syrian regime of chemical weapons, but the inevitable worry will be that they have not thought through what happens next".

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

"It is about a limited and targeted strike that does not further escalate tensions in the region and that does everything possible to prevent civilian casualties", she said.

And while this action is specifically about deterring the Syrian Regime, it will also send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity.

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.

"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world", she said.

She added that she would address parliament on Monday.

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Russia, which intervened in the war in 2015 to back Assad, has denied there was a chemical attack and has accused Britain of helping to stage the Douma incident to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.

"Very careful scientific analysis was applied to determine where best to target the Storm Shadows to maximise the destruction of the stockpiled chemicals and to minimise any risks of contamination to the surrounding area", the ministry said.

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

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

But they backed action in Iraq the following year, and again in Syria in 2015, strictly limiting strikes to targets of the Islamic State group.

"Bombing can not substitute for diplomacy", he said.

"We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this", the prime minister said.

Mrs May said chemical weapons had "all too often" been used in recent times.

"The UK operated together with our closest allies to alleviate further humanitarian suffering by degrading the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability", asserted the premier.

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