United Kingdom joins Syria air strikes in response to chemical attack

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a press conference at 10 Downing Street in London on the air strikes against Syria Saturday

"It is not about regime change", May said in a statement.

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.

U.S., British, and French forces launched air strikes against targets in Syria in the first coordinated Western military action against the Damascus regime.

"While the full assessment of the strike is ongoing, we are confident of its success", she added.

May said intelligence and open source accounts indicated that the Syrian government was behind the attack in Douma last Saturday.

Sturgeon said the suspected use of chemical weapons was "sickening", but warned that the latest action risked "dangerous escalation".

"This is the first time as prime minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat - and it is not a decision I have taken lightly", she said.

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

In her comments, May also alluded to a nerve agent attack in Britain last month on a former Russian spy and his daughter.

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Over 100 missiles were fired on the morning of Saturday, April 14, targeting what representatives of coalition forces called chemical weapons sites in retaliation for an earlier poison gas attack.

Britain's ambassador to the United Nations says Russia's claims are 'grotesque, weird and a blatant lie'.

Correspondents from the British and world press also asked the prime minister to explain what role can the Parliament play in making a decision to attack another sovereign country.

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

She said that at an emergency cabinet meeting in London on Thursday "we agreed that it was both right and legal to take military action" after hearing legal advice.

Parliament is not due to reconvene until Monday, following its Easter recess.

This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped - not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the worldwide norm that prevents the use of these weapons.

Meanwhile, Britain's main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the US -led military strikes on Syria jointly staged by three leading Western countries as a "legally questionable action", saying that the British government should "not taking instructions from Washington".

"Theresa May should have sought parliamentary approval, not trailed after Donald Trump", Corbyn said. "This legally questionable action risks escalating further".

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