Britain had no choice but to conduct air strikes, Theresa May says

Experts from the world's global chemical arms watchdog are continuing their mission to probe an alleged gas attack in Douma despite Western air strikes in Syria, the body said Saturday.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that four RAF Tornado jets were deployed to launch missiles at a Syrian military facility.

Speaking in Downing Street, May said the military strikes should be a "warning to Russia" before holding the Syrian government accountable for the chemical attack.

"Important infrastructure was destroyed which will result in a setback for the Syrian regime", Mattis said.

President Donald Trump on Saturday described the alleged chemical attacks in Syria as the "crimes of a monster" as the U.S. launched precision strikes on the war-torn nation jointly with the United Kingdom and France.

The opposition leader questioned the prime minister's statement that the Syria attack is "right and legal". "We sent a clear message to Assad and his murderous lieutenants that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons' attack for which they will be held accountable".

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


In her comments, May also alluded to a nerve agent attack in Britain last month on a former Russian spy and his daughter.

The Russian Foreign Ministry slammed those allegations as a bogus story, while Russia's Defense Ministry pointed out that the White Helmets were not a reliable source of information as they were known for spreading fabricated news.

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.

Meanwhile, Britain's main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the US -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".

Correspondents from the British and world press also asked the prime minister to explain what role can the Parliament play in making a decision to attack another sovereign country.

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

In a statement Friday night, U.S. President Donald Trump outlined strikes being carried out against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad after a chemical weapon attack earlier in the week.

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