An RAF jet returns to Akrotiri, near Cyprus, following overnight raids on Syria

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An RAF jet returns to Akrotiri, near Cyprus, following overnight raids on Syria

Theresa May says the West ‘cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised’

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Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 9:48am

Britain, France and the US attacked Syrian targets early this morning, seeking to punish the regime of Bashar al-Assad for its alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians last weekend.

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The Ministry of Defence said four Tornado jets fired missiles at a military site near the city of Homs, which was believed to be storing precursor materials for chemical weapons. US Tomahawk missiles struck another target in Homs, and one near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Theresa May said she had authorised a “limited and targeted strike” that was “not about intervening in a civil war” and “not about regime change”.

Referring to the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal in Salisbury last month, she said: “We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised – within Syria, on the streets of the UK, or anywhere else in our world.”

However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the strikes were “legally questionable”.

Last night’s wave of strikes “is the most significant attack against President Bashar al-Assad’s government by Western powers in seven years of Syria’s civil war,” says the BBC.

It involved about twice the fire-power of …read more

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