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Boris Johnson Defends Missile Strikes on Syria

Boris Johnson Defends Missile Strikes on Syria

The Foreign Secretary said Saturday's military action was necessary to show Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that the use of chemical weapons would not be tolerated.

The Sunday Times reported security sources who warned that the government was bracing itself for "kompromat" attacks, where embarrassing or compromising material is released about members of the cabinet and other high ranking officials.

Answering the question whether further attacks on Syria should be expected, Johnson said in an interview with the BBC broadcaster that no proposals on new strikes were being considered at the moment.

"I went to Moscow in December and we held out the hand of engagement", he continued.

Mr Johnson said yesterday that the Government is taking "every possible precaution" in preparation for any Russian retaliation in the form of cyber attacks.

"There's one overwhelming reason why this was the right thing to do and that is to deter the use of chemical weapons, not just by the Assad regime but around the world".

"You can imagine that people around the world are looking now and saying 'finally, someone stood up against that".

They will add: "The Council is supportive of all efforts aimed at the prevention of the use of chemical weapons".

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Mr Corbyn said the Prime Minister "could easily" have recalled Parliament or delayed her decision until MPs returned on Monday.

". We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised - either within Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom, or elsewhere".

The air strikes, carried out by the US, UK and French military, targeted three separate targets in Syria linked to the Assad regime's chemical weapons program.

Meanwhile Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said Parliament should have been given a vote ahead of the strikes.

"I'm afraid the Syrian war, in many ways, will go on in its awful, miserable way - but it was the world saying, we've had enough of the use of chemical weapons".

He said chlorine has been used by "a number of parties in the conflict" in Syria as a weapon.

"Where is the legal basis for this?" he said.


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