May ready to bypass Parliament & approve UK military intervention in Syria – BBC

Residents of Damascus, the capital, woke to the sounds of multiple explosions shaking the city before the dawn call to prayer.

Damascus skies erupt with missile fire as the USA launches an attack on Syria targeting different parts of the capital Syria, early Saturday, April 14, 2018.

"On April 14, the U.S. backed by its allies carried out a missile strike against military and civilian infrastructure facilities in Syria".

On April 9, officers from the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria visited Douma but found no trace of chemical weapons there. Russian Federation has several military bases and thousands of troops in Syria, and the U.S. said Friday that it did not coordinate with or notify Russian Federation of the strikes.

In choosing to strike, it appeared that Trump's desire to punish Assad for what he called a "barbaric act" - and make good on his tweets promising action this week - outweighed his desire to limit the US military involvement in the conflict, at least in the short term.

She also added that she would return to the Commons on Monday following the Easter recess to give a statement and answer questions about the attack.


Mattis and Dunford acknowledged the strike was created to degrade Syria's chemical weapons capability without killing civilians or the many foreign fighters in Syria's multi-sided civil war, particularly those from Russian Federation.

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.

- The US said "important infrastructure" had been destroyed, resulting in the loss of years of research and development for the Syrian regime.

The strikes on Syria's chemical warfare facilities Saturday will not significantly weaken Bashar Assad's brutal grip on power, which has been expanding in recent years, or change the U.S. strategy of defeating the Islamic State, U.S. officials and analysts said.

"Dozens of men, women and children were massacred with chemical weapons", he said of the Douma incident a week ago - adding that "the red line had been crossed".

US Defence Secretary James Mattis said the air strikes were a "one time shot" to send a strong message to Assad.


"The immediate priority is to avert the danger of war", he told reporters.

Facilities still remain operational with the capability to contribute to continued development of chemical weapons, but the USA military insist a "severe blow" has been dealt.

Russia's ambassador to the USA warned that there would be consequences for the US-led military strikes, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's president.

Syria's state-run SANA news agency said the attacks were a "flagrant violation of global law" and would fail.

Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook: "First the "Arab spring" tested the Syrian people, then Islamic State, now smart American rockets".

- US President Donald Trump condemned Syria's two main allies, Russian Federation and Iran, for supporting "murderous dictators".


Syria has denied carrying out the Douma attack and its ally, Russia, had warned that Western military strikes would risk starting a war.

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