UK PM May: British forces conduct targeted strike against Syria

Syria air strikes US President Donald Trump said the Syrian regime attacks

Syria air strikes US President Donald Trump said the Syrian regime attacks"crimes of a monster

The US, Britain and France have just bombed Syria making it the second time the US has waded into the country's seven-year conflict in response to a chemical weapons attack.

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She said the strikes were "right and legal" to "prevent further humanitarian crisis".

She declined to say whether Bashar al-Assad should stay in power and said talks with allies would continue on finding a political solution to the civil war.

May has repeatedly said that the missile strike on Syria was not about "regime change".

Britain's defense ministry said initial indications were that the precision weapons and meticulous target planning had "resulted in a successful attack".

In Douma, last Saturday a chemical weapons attack killed up to 75 people, including young children, in circumstances of pure horror.

Despite her careful language, there was immediate criticism from opposition lawmakers who said May should have consulted parliament before joining US-led action in Syria.

Professor Iain Begg, Research Fellow at the European Institute and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), told Xinhua: "A volley of bombs may help the USA and its allies feel they have reacted in a timely and proportionate manner to the undoubted horror of the use by the Syrian regime of chemical weapons, but the inevitable worry will be that they have not thought through what happens next".

May said "a significant body of information including intelligence" pointed to Syrian government responsibility for a suspected chemical attack last Saturday.

"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.

"The facility which was struck is located some distance from any known concentrations of civilian habitation, reducing yet further any such risk", the MoD said in a statement.

"Let these united actions send a clear message to the regime - the use of chemical weapons is categorically unacceptable and you will be held to account".

The Prime Minister defended her Government's decision to carry out air strikes in Syria, claiming the air strikes were in Britain's national interest.

Prime Minister Theresa May during a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London on the air strikes against Syria.

A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting will be held on Saturday during which the UK, France and the USA will brief allies on the action taken in Syria.

Besides Trump, French President Emanual Macron said in a statement that they also could not tolerate the normalisation of the use of chemical weapons.

For his part, the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Gerard Batten, opposed the British military action in Syria.

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

"There is a wider question on the future political solution for Syria and that is a matter that we will continue to pursue in diplomatic and political channels with our worldwide partners and allies", May said.

He reiterated that Canada condemns the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta.

The Syrian Regime has a history of using chemical weapons against its own people in the most cruel and abhorrent way.

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