Syria Strikes: British Prime Minister Faces Backlash For Bypassing Parliament

May of Britain this week. Credit Niklas Halle'N  Agence France Presse — Getty Images

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

When asked if Syria's Assad could remain leader as long as he refrained from further use of chemical weapons, May said: "This was about, as I have said and you have recognized, this was specifically about the use of chemical weapons".

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.

The Prime Minister is expected to face anger in the Commons after launching military action without securing the support of Parliament. France, the USA 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.

Britain's defense ministry said "very careful scientific analysis" had been applied to maximize the destruction of stockpiled chemicals while minimizing any risk of contamination to surrounding areas.

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents", the U.S. president said in a televised address. 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.

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"I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain's national interest".

Stop the War, a pacifist coalition once chaired by Corbyn, has called a demonstration outside the British parliament on Monday to protest about the strikes.

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the strike as "limited and targeted".

He also did not rule out future military action.

Shanghai: USA, UK, France altogether carried out airstrikes in Syria today after a recent poisonous gas leak killed 75 civilians in Syria's Douma region under Syrian President Bashar regime.

He reiterated that Canada condemns the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta.

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