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Syrian regime ‘highly likely’ to blame for chemical attack, UK says


The British government has signaled it is ready to back US military action against Syria, saying it is “highly likely” the Assad regime used chemical weapons on its own people and that such action could not go unchallenged.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s senior ministers agreed on the need for action at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, but Downing Street did not specify what measures the UK would take.

Ministers said there was need to “deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime,” and alleviate the humanitarian situation, a Downing Street statement said.

According to the statement, May described the attack as a “shocking and barbaric act which killed up to 75 people, including children, in the most appalling and inhumane way.” Britain would work with United States and France to coordinate an international response, the statement said.

May spoke with US President Trump Thursday night about the international response to Syria, and they “agreed that the Assad regime had established a pattern of dangerous behavior in relation to the use of chemical weapons,” according to a Downing Street statement.  Read More


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