US, British, French Forces Launch Air Strikes on Syria

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The UK, US and France have launched on Friday night coordinated air strikes in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Prime Minister Theresa May said there was “no practicable alternative to the use of force”.

In a press conference on Saturday morning, British Prime Minister Theresa May said she is “confident” of the success of the strikes, which were “right and legal” to “prevent further humanitarian crisis”.

“It is clear who is responsible for this atrocity,” she said, explaining why the strikes were carried out.

May and President Donald Trump both denounced the “cruel and abhorrent” attack by the Syrian regime on the town of Douma last Saturday.

Trump said: “This evil and despicable act left mothers and fathers and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air.

“The combined American, British and French response will integrate all instruments of our national power.”

President Bashar al-Assad told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani that a US-led attack on Saturday would increase Syria’s resolve to “fight and crush terrorism in every inch” of the country, the Syrian president said.

Reuters

Rouhani told Assad that Iran would continue to stand by Syria, “expressing his confidence that this aggression would not weaken the determination of the Syrian people in its war against terrorism”.