Britain had no choice but to conduct air strikes, Theresa May says

Donald Trump announces strikes on the Syrian regime

She added: "I think that Parliament should have been recalled before the strike".

May said intelligence and open source accounts indicated that the regime was behind the attack in Douma last Saturday.

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", said Jeremy Corbyn, the veteran leftist leader of the main opposition Labour Party.

Donald Trump has announced that a coalition of America, Britain and France have begun airstrikes against the Syrian regime to punish its chemical attack that killed more than 70 people. France, the U.S. and the United Kingdom have circulated a joint draft resolution on Syria at the UN Security Council that denounces the use of chemical weapons there and demands the establishment of an independent mechanism for investigating such incidents, AFP reported on Saturday evening.

May has repeatedly said that the missile strike on Syria was not about "regime change".

She declined to say whether Bashar al-Assad should stay in power and said talks with allies would continue on finding a political solution to the civil war.

Downing Street yesterday published the government's legal position, which said the attacks were permitted under global law after the deaths of 400,000 people in the conflict.

"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".

"This action risks not just further escalating the civil war in Syria but also a risky escalation of global tensions", said the leader of the left-wing Scottish National Party, the third-biggest force in the British parliament.

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

"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest", she added. This massacre was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very bad regime.

British MPs voted down taking military action against Damascus in 2013, in what was widely viewed as an assertion of parliamentary sovereignty on the use of force.

Lawmakers backed action in Iraq in 2014, and again in Syria in 2015, strictly limiting strikes in both countries to targets of the Islamic State jihadist group.

"And we can not wait to alleviate further humanitarian suffering caused by chemical weapons attacks".

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