Syrians Celebrate, OPCW to Continue Chemical Weapon Probe

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"Given the context of the recent worldwide response to the use of a nerve agent in the United Kingdom, the clear targeted objective of the strikes, and the repeated blocking by Russian Federation of diplomatic solutions through the UN, we believe the Prime Minister was justified in standing with our American and French allies in this concerted action".

May said the missile strike, created to minimize civilian casualties, was aimed at deterring further use of chemical weapons and was not an attempt to topple the Syrian government.

"It was right to take the action that we have done in the timing that we have done", she said. "It is not about regime change", May said in statement made from her country residence at Chequers just minutes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the strikes from the White House.

"The government should do whatever possible to push Russian Federation and the United States to agree to an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account", he added.

Over 100 missiles were fired on the morning of Saturday, April 14, targeting what representatives of coalition forces called chemical weapons sites in retaliation for an earlier poison gas attack.

Mr Corbyn said that if Britain wants to "get the moral high ground around the world" it must abide by worldwide law for taking military action.

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The U.S. military targeted a research center, a storage facility that is believed to have a stockpile of chemical weapons and a command post in Syria, the Pentagon said late Friday night.

Britain has said there are no plans for future strikes against Syria, but foreign minister Boris Johnson warned President Bashar al-Assad that all options would be considered if chemical weapons were used against Syrians again.

For his part, the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Gerard Batten, opposed the British military action in Syria. Also that it is not about a wider intervention in the Syrian civil war which would, in our view, be counter productive.

Asked why she had proceeded without consulting parliament, May cited operational security consideration.

The DUP has backed Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to authorise air strikes in Syria.

"We should not be surprised if we detect major intrusions into U.S., United Kingdom and French cyberspace and social media", Barrons said. "The opposition does not operate helicopters or use barrel bombs".

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