United States airstrikes targeted Syrian chemical weapons infastructure

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She added that she would address parliament on Monday.

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

She will repeat Saturday's assertion that Britain was "confident in our own assessment that the Syrian regime was highly likely responsible" and that it could not wait "to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks", according to excerpts of her speech.

May said intelligence and open source accounts indicated that the regime was behind the attack in Douma last Saturday. "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", he said.

"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world", she said.

"It was right to take the action that we have done in the timing that we have done", she said.

May said the strikes would "send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity".

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

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest", she added.

Meanwhile Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said Parliament should have been given a vote ahead of the strikes.

In a statement Friday night, U.S. President Donald Trump outlined strikes being carried out against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad after a chemical weapon attack earlier in the week.

May held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss possible action on Thursday and there had been calls for the British parliament to be consulted before any air strikes.

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".

"Our service personnel have played an important role in terms of degrading the ability of the Syrian regime to use chemical weapons in the future", Williamson said.

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