Airstrikes hailed a success as Syria threatened with further action

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said Monday that the organization's team "has not yet deployed to Douma", two days after arriving in Syria.

At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, US ambassador Nikki Haley warned if there was further use of chemical weapons in Syria, America is "locked and loaded".

"This is not about intervening in a civil war".

Mr Trump said the joint strikes against the Syrian regime were "perfectly executed".

Large explosions were reported around Damascus, the capital, which is surrounded by military facilities.

"This debate is an opportunity to ensure that there is no future change in the role of British military in Syria without Parliament's approval".

British Prime Minister Theresa May might have had success in mobilising worldwide opinion in her favour after former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found to be poisoned in Salisbury, England, and a massive diplomatic purge took place the world over, but she could not pull it off as easily over the West's air strikes against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

She insisted that joining the military campaign was the "right thing for us to do" in the wake of the "harrowing" assault on the Syrian rebel-held town.

May made clear the strike was a specific response to the Douma attack, which killed up to 75 people, including children.

The ministers said the European Union "understands" the need for the coordinated U.S, French and British airstrikes following the suspected April 7 chemical attack.

The US, France and Britain launched 105 missiles against Syria on Saturday, targeting three sites they said were linked to a chemical weapons programme.

Britain is also wary of any retaliatory action by Moscow, which May blamed for the nerve agent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia last month.

Looking drawn as she spoke to reporters in Downing Street in a hastily arranged press conference, she said: "We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - either within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom or elsewhere".

"It is in our national interest to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in Syria - and to uphold and defend the global consensus that these weapons should not be used".

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons in London, Monday April 16, 2018 over her decision to launch air strikes against Syria.

May's office said she had spoken to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of Italy, Australia and Canada about the strikes.

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

The Prime Minister is expected to face anger in the Commons after launching military action without securing the support of Parliament.

Jeremy Corbyn, head of the opposition Labour party, led criticism of May for not recalling parliament a vote, accusing her of blindly following U.S. President Donald Trump's orders.

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", he said.

Many politicians including some in May's own Conservative Party, had backed his call for parliament to be asked before any military strike.

The poll by Survation for the Mail on Sunday showed 36 percent in favour of Britain's participation in the air strikes, 40 percent against and the remainder undecided.

A series of MPs instead took aim at Corbyn's insistence that even military action to avert humanitarian catastrophes should only happen with the approval of the United Nations security council, among them the Tory former attorney general Dominic Grieve.

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