Published On: Sat, Apr 14th, 2018

Syrian attack: Theresa May ‘confident of success’ with military action | UK | News


Last night Mrs May said she had authorised British armed forces to conduct co-ordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons capability and deter their use.

In a press conference this morning, Mrs May said: “We are confident of success.

“Last weekend, up to 75 people were killed, including young children, in a despicable and barbaric attack in Douma.

“We have been working to establish what has happened and everything indicates a chemical weapons attack.

“Significant bodies of influence have said that the Syrian regime is responsible.”

The Prime Minister had also been speaking to US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron over the past week to form a response to the alleged chemical attack by President Assad’s regime of civilians last week.

Mrs May’s statement had been released shortly after Trump outlined the decision of the US to launch airstrikes.

He said: “The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread, and use of chemical weapons.

“Establishing this deterrent is a vital national security interest of the United States.

“The combined American, British, and French response to these atrocities will integrate all instruments of our national power — military, economic, and diplomatic.

“We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents.”

Overnight, at least six loud explosions were heard in Damascus, and smoke was seen rising over the city even while Trump delivered his remarks.

Syrian state TV said the army’s air defences shot down 13 missiles.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a scientific research centre and military bases in Damascus were struck, as were the Syrian army’s Republican Guard and 4th Division, elite units of the Syrian military.

Russia had earlier warned Trump that there would be consequences for the US-led military strikes in Syria, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia’s President. 

Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter: “A pre-designed scenario is being implemented.

“Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.

“All responsibility for them rests with Washington, London and Paris.

“Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible.

“The US – the possessor of the biggest arsenal of chemical weapons – has no moral right to blame her countries.”



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