DUP backs Theresa May's decision to authorise air strikes in Syria

"I believe that the action taken will have significantly degraded the Syrian regime's ability to use chemical weapons", she said.

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

Shortly after the military strikes were launched, Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon said United Kingdom foreign policy should be set by Parliament and not Donald Trump after the U.S., United Kingdom and France bombed targets in Syria.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) released a statement Saturday saying the organization is in Syria to conduct an investigation into the allegation that the April 7 attack in Duma was a chemical one and will remain there until the task is complete.

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

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On Friday night the US, Britain and France launched air strikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining "proof" that poisonous gas was used last weekend in Douma, killing 41 civilians.

"Britain should be playing a leadership role to bring about a ceasefire in the conflict, not taking instructions from Washington and putting British military personnel in harm's way", Corbyn said.

"We are reassured that the military action is strictly targeted and limited in its objective". He warned that intervention would lead to a proxy war with Russian Federation which would be "not only risky to Britain, but the entire world". "Yet... the global community is not convinced that a chemical attack took place in Douma, and wants to see the results of the ongoing OPCW investigation... to say that "there is no practicable alternative to the use of force if lives are to be saved" is hypocritical, to say the least", the statement says.

But May said intelligence pointed to the Syrian government being behind the suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma last Saturday, and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said speed was "essential".

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the strike as "limited and targeted". The group, which has been working with United Nations Department of Safety and Security, will continue the fact-finding mission. "These risks are a feature of modern confrontation". "The opposition does not operate helicopters or use barrel bombs".

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