British PM says no alternative to use of force in Syria

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Britain's Ministry of Defence said Four Royal Air Force Tornado jets from the Akrotiri base in Cyprus were used to fire Storm Shadow missiles at a military facility believed to have stored chemical weapons near Homs.

She stated the airstrike was "limited and targeted" created to minimize civilian casualties and bring down the chemical weapon capability in Syria, Reuters reported.

During the two-hour meeting yesterday afternoon, ministers agreed to join forces with the USA and France to prevent Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's forces from launching an "appalling and inhumane" attack again.

May said intelligence and open source accounts indicated that the Syrian government was behind the attack in Douma last Saturday. The MoD said the initial indications were that the precision weapons and meticulous target planning had "resulted in a successful attack". We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this.

U.S., British and French forces launched air strikes on Syria in response to a suspected poison gas attack that killed dozens of people, aiming to degrade its chemical weapons capabilities in the biggest intervention yet in the conflict by Western powers.

"She had said this attack was not at the Syrian government or to intervene in a civil war or the regime change".

She added that the strikes were not about "regime change".

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May spoke with President Trump on Thursday night about the worldwide response to Syria, and they "agreed that the Assad regime had established a pattern of risky behaviour in relation to the use of chemical weapons", according to the Downing Street.

At a press conference in Downing Street, Mrs May said: "There is no graver decision for a prime minister than to commit our forces to combat and this is the first time I have had to do so".

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

"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized - within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or anywhere else in our world", she added.

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.

However, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said May should have waited it out and "not trailed after Donald Trump". Even this week the Russians vetoed a Resolution at the UN Security Council which would have established an independent investigation into the Douma attack.