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Theresa May indicates willingness for military action against Syria


Theresa May appeared to be preparing the ground for coordinated military action against Syria on Tuesday, as she pointed the finger at the Assad government for the chemical weapons attack in Douma and promised to ensure that those responsible were “held to account”. The prime minister’s comments came as the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, called for a vote in parliament before the UK joined any military action, APA reports quoting The Guardian.

 

May told reporters in Birmingham: “The chemical weapons attack that took place on Saturday in Douma in Syria was a shocking and barbaric act. The use of chemical weapons cannot go unchallenged.”

 

“We’re rapidly reaching an understanding of what happened on the ground,” she added. “All the indications are that the Syrian regime was responsible, and we’ll be working with our closest allies to consider how we can ensure that those responsible are held to account, and also how we can prevent and deter the humanitarian catastrophe of the use of chemical weapons in the future.”

 

The prime minister is under pressure to make an early decision over whether the UK will join any military campaign, as Donald Trump adopts an increasingly bellicose tone.

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