London: USA, France along with Great Britain launched air strikes on Syria today after intelligence reports indicated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government launched the recent chemical attack in Damascus’s Douma a week ago.
Responding to the attacks, British PM Theresa May said that Britain had no other alternative except carrying out military action against the Syrian Chemical weapons facilities operated under Syria’s President Bashar al Assad regime.
She stated the airstrike was “limited and targeted” designed to minimize civilian casualties and bring down the chemical weapon capability in Syria, Reuters reported.
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 had said this attack was not at the Syrian government or to intervene in a civil war or the regime change.”
Britain’s Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the airstrike mission had been a successful one.
“We don’t expect that we’ll be a position where we’re having to make further strikes,” he told LBC radio. “We believe that the strikes we have taken last night had a significant impact in terms of what the Syrian regime can do in the future.”
May launched the airstrikes without approval from Parliament stating it as national interest and that it was an obligation to deter all those using chemical weapons to kill people.
Last week nearly 75 people were killed in Douma after the Bashar’s regime launched a poisonous gas attack in the region.
However, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said May should have waited it out and “not trailed after Donald Trump”.
“Bombs won’t save lives or bring about peace, “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,” he said in his statement.
“While this action is specifically about deterring the Syrian regime, it will also send a clear signal to anyone else who believes they can use chemical weapons with impunity,” May said.
“We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalized – within Syria, on the streets of the UK, or anywhere else in our world,” she added.
May said Britain and its allies had sought to use every diplomatic means to stop the use of chemical weapons but had been repeatedly thwarted, citing a Russian veto of an independent investigation into the Douma attack at the U.N. Security Council this week.
May reiterated that Britain made use of every possible diplomatic means to stop the use of chemical weapons, but there was no response and “so there is no practicable alternative to the use of force to degrade and deter the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.”
Guess only use of chemical weapons is counted as the killing of civilians but not any other genocide like Myanmar’s is accounted for.