United Kingdom hit a specific and limited set of targets in Syria: May

Lester Mason
April 16, 2018

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Humanitarian volunteers were "seriously pressured" by the United Kingdom to speed up plans for a "provocation" in Eastern Ghouta, according to the federation's defence ministry.

It comes as Russian Federation and the United States traded fresh blows as the latest round of talks at the UN Security Council.

Prime Minister Theresa May said there was "no practicable alternative to the use of force" to deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.

Maj Gen Konashenkov said Britain was "directly involved in the provocation".

"They agreed to keep working closely together on the worldwide response", the statement concluded.

In a statement released in the early hours of this morning she said: "This evening I have authorised British armed forces to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian Regime's chemical weapons capability and deter their use".

"Last Saturday the Assad regime again deployed chemical weapons to slaughter innocent civilians, this time in the town of Douma near the Syrian capital of Damascus". That attack, [Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says], hit a Syrian military air base and was meant to focus on Syria's ability to deliver chemical weapons. "We have information to believe that what took place was a provocation with the participation of certain countries' intelligence services".

U.S. President Donald Trump earlier on Wednesday warned Russian Federation of imminent military action in Syria and he lambasted Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Senior government ministers were out in force over weekend, seeking to explain the rationale behind the bombing raids, with Johnson insisting they were "timely, appropriate and commensurate".

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

"Cabinet agreement" was not "sufficient for action", he said.

In a press conference in London after the attack, May said Britain, the USA and France needed to act quickly to send a clear message to Bashar Al-Assad's regime that the use of chemical weapons won't be tolerated, and to ensure the operation itself was a success.

"Any possible action will only cause more instability in the region and threaten worldwide security and peace", Syrian state TV quoted Assad as saying at a meeting Thursday with a high-level Iranian delegation in Damascus.

There was no indication following the meeting of the timing or scale of any action. My position is let's do everything we can to stop the war at the present time.

According to state-run Syrian News Agency (SANA), an official source at the Syrian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the government will cooperate fully with the OPCW fact-finding mission and that it would hold the West responsible for any delays in that mission.

In Britain, opposition is building up to any British involvement in military strikes in Syria, particularly without the issue being taken to Parliament first.

Her remarks will come after Jeremy Corbyn described the attack on Syria as "both wrong and misconceived".

After last week's monstrous attack on civilians, some have been pressing on Donald Trump for a more serious retaliation than his last one in April 2017.

Early Saturday morning, the U.S., France and the United Kingdom launched more than 100 missiles targeting three chemical weapons sites in Syria.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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