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UK's May to face angry lawmakers over Syria airstrikes

UK's May to face angry lawmakers over Syria airstrikes

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Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face restive British lawmakers Monday to justify her decision to launch airstrikes against Syria without a vote in Parliament. Royal Air Force jets joined American and French warplanes and ships in hitting targets in Syria Saturday in response to a reported chemical attack in the town of Douma. Parliament, which returned Monday after a spring break, was not consulted about the action. The government is not legally bound to seek lawmakers' approval for military strikes, though it is customary to do so. May's office said Monday that she plans to tell lawmakers that the airstrikes were "in Britain's national interest," were carried out to stop further suffering from chemical weapons attacks and had broad international support. "We cannot allow the use of ...
US is 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley

US is 'locked and loaded' if Syria uses chemical weapons again: Nikki Haley

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The U.S. announced that overnight airstrikes succeeded in dealing a severe blow against the Syrian government's capacity to use chemical weapons. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley also warned Saturday that the U.S. is "locked and loaded" in case Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons again. "Last night, we successfully hit the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons enterprise, and because of these actions, we are confident that we have crippled Syria’s chemical weapons program," Haley said at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. "I spoke to the president this morning and he said that if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded." She added, "When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line." T
Trump orders strike on Syria in response to chemical attack

Trump orders strike on Syria in response to chemical attack

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President Donald Trump ordered a strike on Syria Friday in response to last weekend's chemical weapons attack. Addressing the nation Friday evening, Trump said the strike was a joint operation with France and the United Kingdom. "A short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad," Trump said. Trump said that the "massacre" last weekend in Syria "was a significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very terrible regime." "The evil and the despicable attack left mothers and fathers, infants and children thrashing in pain and gasping for air. These are not the actions of a man," Trump said, referring to Assad. "They are crimes of a mons...
Syria crisis: UN chief says Cold War is back

Syria crisis: UN chief says Cold War is back

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe UN's secretary general has said the Cold War is "back with a vengeance".Antonio Guterres also warned about the dangers of escalation over Syria.The US and its allies are considering launching missile strikes against Syria after a suspected chemical attack, an action which Russia - whose forces are there supporting the government- has said would risk starting a war.Russia has accused the UK of faking an attack, an allegation Britain dismissed as a "grotesque, blatant lie".The Cold War, which followed the Allied victory in World War Two, saw the US and its allies facing off for decades with the Soviet Union, of which Russia is the main successor state. What exactly did Guterres say?Mr Guterres delivered his warnings at the opening of a bad-t...
Russia: We will protect our troops in Syria

Russia: We will protect our troops in Syria

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Russia has told Sky News it will protect its people on the ground in Syria if missiles are launched by the US and its allies.Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, said Donald Trump's threat to launch missiles at Syrian forces was a "test for each and every country (with troops in Syria) to protect its people on the ground".Russia and Iran are the Assad regime's allies in the Syrian civil war.The Kremlin said on Wednesday that the US and its allies - France, Germany and the UK - should "seriously consider" the consequences of their threats to launch military action in response to an alleged chemical attack carried out on Saturday in Douma, eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus.Image:Maria Zakharova spoke to Sky News in MoscowMs Zakharova told Sky News present...