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Britain Considers Military Action Against Syria

16 April 2018, 01:49 | Damon Campbell

Britain ready for military action in days as cabinet supports May

Syrian official news agency SANA soldiers and residents salute civilians after they were released by the Army of Islam group that had held them since 2013 in Damascus Syria early Monday

The statement made no specific reference to military action.

"So striking at Syria is not a good solution, but doing nothing after the use of chemical weapons is even worse", he said.

Conservative former London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith, tweeted: "We need a clear response to the Syrian chemical outrage". And he insisted it remains USA policy not to be involved directly in Syria's civil war.

Moscow on Thursday called on the West to "seriously consider" the consequences of threats against Syria after the United States and France said they would respond to an alleged chemical attack.

The possibility of a military strike on Syria was discussed by the United States and its partners, particularly France and the United Kingdom, in the wake of reports on an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Duma.

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss support for United States action against the Syrian regime.

The ministers said there was a need to "deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", and alleviate the humanitarian situation, a Downing Street statement said.

It said there had been agreement that such actions should not go "unchallenged" and that the United Kingdom would continue to work with the U.S. and France to co-ordinate an global response.

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At stake in Syria is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the USA and Russian Federation, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 US presidential election and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, also speaking earlier on Wednesday, said parliament should be given a say on any military action May wants to take. May isn't legally required to do that, though it has become conventional since the 2003 invasion of Iraq for lawmakers to be given the chance to vote before British forces are deployed.

British lawmakers voted down taking military against Damascus in 2013, in what was widely viewed as an assertion of parliamentary sovereignty on the use of force.

A YouGov poll in The Times conducted this week found that 43 percent of voters oppose strikes in Syria, with 34 percent unsure and only 22 percent supportive.

Some MPs have backed Britain acting against Syria, warning that the use of chemical weapons was in breach of worldwide law and could not be allowed to go unpunished.

The Times reports that "the largest U.S. air and naval strike force since the 2003 Iraq war" is now heading towards Syria, and that US-led strikes are expected to begin "within the next three days".

At a congressional hearing in Washington, defence secretary General James Mattis also signalled caution, saying the president had not yet decided whether military force would be part of the United States response in Syria.



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