Military action against Syria 'right' and 'legal': British PM

Military action against Syria 'right' and 'legal': British PM

Military action against Syria 'right' and 'legal': British PM

The UK is "confident" that air strikes carried out by Britain, the United States and France on suspected chemical weapons facilities in Syria have been successful, the PM has said.

It followed a nerve agent attack in the British city of Salisbury last month that severely injured a Russian former spy and his daughter.

Although the British government on Saturday defended its decision to join the US -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.

Russia's defence ministry said no Syrian civilians or military were killed in the attacks.

May's announcement was made minutes after Donald Trump revealed that he had ordered the strike at 9pm on Friday, explaining in a televised statement that it was a response to the "evil and despicable" chemical attack by the Syrian regime, which took place last weekend.

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British jets fired missiles at a Syrian military base suspected of holding chemical weapons components, in the UK's first military action against President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Theresa May also said it had been "right and legal" to take action. Moscow has denied any involvement.

May told her senior ministers on Thursday that the attack in Douma showed a "deeply concerning" erosion of global legal norms barring the use of chemical weapons.

"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - either within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom or elsewhere", May told reporters in Downing Street.

May said Britain and its allies had sought to use every diplomatic means to stop the use of chemical weapons but had been repeatedly thwarted, citing a Russian veto of an independent investigation into the Douma attack at the U.N. Security Council this week.

"So there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", she said.

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According to her, the British Government believes that the performed attacks on the territory of Syria were successful.

Meanwhile, Britain's main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the USA -led military strikes on Syria jointly staged by three leading Western countries as a "legally questionable action", saying that the British government should "not taking instructions from Washington".

US President Donald Trump announced the military action from the White House, saying the three allies had "marshalled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality". He said that "bombs won't save lives or bring about peace".

"Britain should be playing a leadership role to bring about a ceasefire in the conflict, not taking instructions from Washington and putting British military personnel in harm's way", he said.

Prime Minister Theresa May during a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London on the air strikes against Syria.

Cameron, though, gave his support of May on Saturday.

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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.

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