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'Enough is enough': Boris Johnson defends Syria air strikes

'Enough is enough': Boris Johnson defends Syria air strikes”

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday she had authorized British forces to conduct precision air-launched cruise missile strikes on Syria to degrade its chemical weapons capability, saying there was no alternative to military action.

Yesterday Prime Minister Theresa May insisted the military action was "legal" and defended the decision to go ahead without securing the backing of Parliament. Some critics, like Northwestern University political science professor Ian Hurd, say the decision to strike might be more about distracting from President Trump's political scandals than confronting the Assad regime. This time, the Trump administration has said it was prepared to continue strikes until the regime stops its alleged use of chemical weapons. "No other group could have carried this attack", May said.

The Prime Minister will tell MPs she acted "in Britain's national interest" by ordering airstrikes on Syria as the Government calls for an emergency debate on the issue.

Even supporters of the strike said the decision could be on shaky legal ground because the president's authority under the Authority for Use of Military Force has not been updated since 2001. Britain has accused Russia of being behind last month's nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, southern England, a charge Moscow has rejected. "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 will say: "Let me be absolutely clear: we have acted because it is in our national interest to do so".

May said while the strike was targeted at Syria, it sent a message to anyone who used chemical weapons.

He said chlorine has been used by "a number of parties in the conflict" in Syria as a weapon.

"We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this", the prime minister said.

"There is broad based worldwide support for the action we have taken", she will say.

Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia and European Council President Donald Tusk have "all have expressed their support for the actions that Britain, France and America have taken", the PM will add.

The United States is preparing to impose sanctions on Russian Federation for "covering up" the actions of the Assad regime.



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