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UK PM Theresa May claims Syria airstrikes were morally and legally correct (WATCH LIVE) UK PM Theresa May claims Syria strikes "not because Trump told us to" (WATCH LIVE)
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Theresa May has told parliament that the airstrikes against Syria by Britain and its allies were “morally and legally right". The Prime Minister is addressing MPs two days after the actual attacks took place. Theresa May has told parliament that the airstrikes against Syria by Britain and its allies were “morally and legally right". The Prime Minister is addressing MPs two days after the actual strikes took place.
The operation followed allegations of a chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn responded by calling the strikes in Syria "legally questionable." He accused May of not exhausting all diplomatic avenues, and said other groups, not just Assad, have used chemical weapons during the Syria conflict.
The operation followed allegations of a chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma.  
May told parliament that the UK was unable to act through the UN Security Council (UNSC) saying Russia would use its power at the UN to "veto our foreign policy".May told parliament that the UK was unable to act through the UN Security Council (UNSC) saying Russia would use its power at the UN to "veto our foreign policy".
May insisted: “We have acted because it is in our national interest to prevent the further use of chemical weapons in Syria and uphold the global consensus that they should not be used… wither in Syria or on the streets of the UK.
“We have done this because we believe it is the right thing to do, and we are not alone.”
After accusations that Britain was simply following the lead of the US in the strikes against Assad, May said: “We have not done this because President Trump asked us to do so."  
Opposition leader Corbyn took the chance to remind the Prime Minister that British foreign policy should not be dictated by "the whims of the American president".
May insisted that “very careful scientific analysis was used” to identify targets where chemical weapons were stockpiled, and with minimal risk to civilians.
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