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UK PM May: British forces conduct targeted strike against Syria

15 April 2018

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has slammed Premier Theresa May for not consulting the parliament before allowing the British military to join the USA and France in carrying out coordinated airstrikes in Syria.

In a post made on Twitter, Johnson said: "Welcome the news of United Kingdom military strikes against major chemical weapons facilities in Syria alongside our U.S. and French allies".

In a statement released on Facebook, Corbyn, who is also the head of Labour Party, said: "Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval, not tailed after Donald Trump". It was the first time parliament had voted against a British government taking military action.

David Cameron, who was prime minister in 2013, tweeted on Saturday: "As we have seen in the past, inaction has its consequences".

Pressure has been growing on Bashar Al-Assad's regime and its Russian backers since an alleged chemical attack on Saturday against the rebel-held town of Douma.

It returns from its break on Monday, when May will face MPs' questions on the strikes.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's senior ministers agreed on the need for action at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, but Downing Street did not specify what measures the United Kingdom would take, reports CNN.

Deploying the armed forces is a prerogative power, meaning the prime minister can launch action without backing from MPs.

Four British fighter jets struck a military base near Homs where Britain said Syrian government forces were holding chemical weapon components.

Earlier on Thursday, the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, said that he believes any strike against Syria would violate the UN charter. "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".

"There must be urgent confirmation from the prime minister that there will be no further action. without a full parliamentary debate".

Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, the fourth-biggest party in parliament, accused May of "riding the coat-tails of an erratic USA president".

"We have. evidence that proves Britain was directly involved in organising this provocation", defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

However, there was some support for May.

UK PM May: British forces conduct targeted strike against Syria