Missiles don't make peace, opposition politicians tell British PM May

US President Donald Trump right speaks to British Prime Minister Theresa May in a working dinner meeting during the NATO summit of heads of state and government at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday

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"The Government should do whatever possible to push Russian Federation and the United States to agree to an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account".

"He said: "After UK parliament failed to act against * a class="_58cn" data-ft="{"tn":"*N","type":104}" href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/syrian?source=feed_text" *Syrian chemical attack in 2013, I listened in on Cameron/Putin phone call as Russian President mockingly thanked Cameron & UK parliament for NOT responding. She said that at an emergency cabinet meeting in London on Thursday "we agreed that it was both right and legal to take military action" after hearing legal advice.

British Prime Minister Theresa May termed the strike "limited and targeted", with no intention of toppling Assad or intervening more widely in the war.

"Initial indications are that the precision of the Storm Shadow weapons and meticulous target planning have resulted in a successful attack", it said.

"We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents".

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In attacks alongside USA and French allies on Saturday, four British Tornado jets fired Storm Shadow missiles at a Syrian military base suspected of holding chemical weapons ingredients.

The Western missile strikes demonstrate the volatile nature of the Syrian civil war, which started in March 2011 as an anti-Assad uprising but is now a proxy conflict involving a number of world and regional powers and a myriad of insurgent groups.

For the first time in her premiership, she was ordering British forces into combat and from the prime minister's Buckinghamshire manor she began to phone the UK's other political leaders to inform them of her decision. Moscow has denied any involvement.

"He said global investigators were in Syria and ready to visit the site of a suspected deadly chemical weapons attack in Douma, which prompted military action by the United States, France and Britain".

"The objective of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons", Trump said.

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More practically, at the United Nations, Russia's diplomats vetoed a USA motion to re-establish an worldwide investigation into chemical weapons use in Syria that could have established blame.

May added: "The Syrian Regime has a history of using chemical weapons against its own people in the most cruel and abhorrent way".

"Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace", Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, said in a statement. "Britain should be playing a leadership role to bring about a ceasefire in the conflict, not taking instructions from Washington and putting British military personnel in harm's way".

The Prime Minister also warned Russian Federation that the air strikes should act as a warning over its use of chemical weapons.

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The BBC said May was ready to give the go-ahead for Britain to take part in action led by the United States without seeking prior approval from parliament.

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