UK's May summons Cabinet to discuss Syria military strike

UK's May summons Cabinet to discuss Syria military strike

UK's May summons Cabinet to discuss Syria military strike

Theresa May will convene a "war cabinet" on Thursday in order to seek pre-approval for the United Kingdom to join a tripartite attack on the Syrian regime in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons.

"This is not about intervening in a civil war". All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible and we will be working with our closest allies on how we can ensure that those who are responsible are held to account and how we can prevent and deter the humanitarian catastrophe that comes from the use of chemical weapons in the future.

Speaking in Downing Street, May said the "limited and targeted strikes" had degraded Syria's ability to use chemical weapons.

Trump said the strikes were in coordination with France and the United Kingdom, adding that the objective of the campaign is to "establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons".

"And a significant body of the information including intelligence indicates the Syrian Regime is responsible for this latest attack". Britain's Parliament is in recess until Monday, though it could be recalled for an emergency debate.

"While the full assessment of the strike is ongoing, we are confident of its success", she added.

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"Germany will not take part in possible - there have not been any decisions yet, I want to stress that - military action", she said after meeting Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in Berlin on Thursday.

The MoD added the facility was located "some distance" from "concentrations of civilian habitation", and the risk of contamination to the surrounding area had been minimized.

"This persistent pattern of behaviour must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the global norm that prevents the use of these weapons".

United States broadcaster NBC quoted USA officials familiar with the intelligence as saying they had now obtained blood and urine samples which had tested positive for chemical weapons.

May is expected to face questions from Tory MPs anxious about the potential consequences of Saturday's raids, the government's plan for tackling the broader Syrian conflict and the decision to ignore the recent convention of seeking parliament's approval before military action.

Many politicians in Britain, including some in May's own Conservative Party, had called for parliament to be recalled from a break to give authority to any military strike.

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"I think it is absolutely appropriate that the prime minister and the cabinet made this decision", he told Sky News.

At the press conference, May outlined the intelligence that led Britain to join the US and France in launching more than 100 missiles against Syrian government targets overnight.

A YouGov poll in The Times conducted this week found that 43 percent of voters opposed strikes in Syria, with 34 percent unsure and only 22 percent supportive.

"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".

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

Asked if there were circumstances in which he would back military action, he replied: "Let's cross that bridge when we get there".

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Lawmakers backed action in Iraq in 2014, and again in Syria in 2015, strictly limiting strikes in both countries to targets of the Islamic State jihadist group. "And what we will continue to do".

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