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France, US, UK launch joint draft resolution on Syria

France, US, UK launch joint draft resolution on Syria

"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".

The strikes, in collaboration with the U.S. and France, are in response to an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week.

Russian Federation is believed to be allied with Bashar al-Assad's government.

"This is the first time as prime minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly", she said. The alleged use of chemical weapons, if true, is deplorable.

"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.

But shadow attorney general Baroness Chakrabarti questioned the Government's justification for the air strikes, telling BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "You can't use force under worldwide law just to punish Syria for bad behaviour".

Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia and European Council president Donald Tusk have "all expressed their support for the actions that Britain, France and America have taken", the PM will add.

Stop the War, a pacifist coalition once chaired by Corbyn, has called a demonstration outside the British parliament on Monday to protest about the strikes.




May said intelligence and open source accounts indicated that the regime was behind the attack in Douma last Saturday.

"For 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 is not obliged to win parliament's approval before ordering military action, but a non-binding constitutional convention to do so has been established since a 2003 vote on joining the USA -led invasion of Iraq.

Former Labour foreign secretary David Miliband, now head of humanitarian relief group the International Rescue Committee, said military action needed to be part of a wider political strategy.

"One year ago, Assad launched a savage chemical weapons attack against his own innocent people".

The UK has begun air strikes against Syrian chemical weapons sites.

"If the West had acted against Assad's chemical weapons attacks in 2013, we might not have had to embark on military action now".