British opinion leaders question legality over strikes on Syria

Oh what a lovely war! Thought of Syria strikes galvanizes breathless British media

Oh what a lovely war! Thought of Syria strikes galvanizes breathless British media

Konashenkov said that Russian Federation knew "for sure" that between April 3-6, the White Helmets - a group which helps civilians in opposition-held territory in Syria - were "under severe pressure specifically from London to produce as quickly as possible this pre-planned provocation".

She said the strikes were "right and legal" to "prevent further humanitarian crisis".

"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.

Theresa May will address Parliament on Monday.

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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.

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

"There is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime", she said.

"We have seen a regime appearing to think they can use chemical weapons with impunity".

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There are no reported civilian casualties and authorities in Damascus have said the buildings were evacuated before they were hit. Russia's military said Syrian air defence units downed 71 out of 103 cruise missiles launched by the USA and its allies.

The Prime Minister defended her Government's decision to carry out air strikes in Syria, claiming the air strikes were in Britain's national interest.

Many politicians in Britain, including some in May's own Conservative Party, had called for parliament to be recalled from a break to give authority to any military strike.

The targets included a Syrian center in the greater Damascus area for the research, development, production, and testing of chemical and biological weaponry as well as a chemical weapons storage facility near the city of Homs.

Prime Minister Theresa May during a press conference in 10 Downing Street, London on the air strikes against Syria.

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But they backed action in Iraq the following year, and again in Syria in 2015, strictly limiting strikes to targets of the Islamic State group.

May is not obliged to win parliament's approval before ordering military action, but a non-binding constitutional convention to do so has been established since a 2003 vote on joining the US -led invasion of Iraq.

Polls in recent days have shown public wariness of military intervention in Syria, with Britain still haunted by its participation in the US-led invasion of Iraq.

A North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting will be held on Saturday during which the UK, France and the U.S. will brief allies on the action taken in Syria.

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