Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Syria airstrikes: Jeremy Corbyn hits out at 'legally questionable' military action

Syria airstrikes: Jeremy Corbyn hits out at 'legally questionable' military action

Labour's shadow home secretary was asked four times in a radio interview whether the response of a Labour government could include military action in the Syria crisis.

British opposition leader said on Saturday that Prime Minister should have sought approval from parliament before ordering cruise missile strikes against Syria.

She added: "This action risks not just further escalating the civil war in Syria but also a risky escalation of worldwide tensions".

"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", Corbyn continued.

Amid conflicting tweets about the timing of any retaliation, U.S. president Donald Trump said on Thursday that an attack on Syria could take place "very soon or not so soon at all".

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U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warned Friday that British military intervention in Syria risks escalating an "already devastating conflict" and accused Theresa May's government of "waiting for instructions" from the US president on how to respond to Saturday's alleged chemical weapons attack.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she feared "dangerous escalation" as a result of the military action.

The Labour leader spoke out after the Prime Minister insisted she had "no practicable alternative" than to order strikes on Syria's chemical weapons capabilities following an attack on civilians.

Earlier, the Labour leader said the United Kingdom should not be taking instructions from the USA and putting British military personnel in danger. And Britain should press for an independent United Nations -led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account.

A truce collapsed last week and the Syrian government pressed ahead with its military offensive.

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"The reason they're not doing it is they are frightened they'll lose the vote".

The comments come after Theresa May won the backing of her Cabinet for military action against Syrian forces.

The fact-finding mission from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was expected to head to Douma, where the suspected attack took place and where Russian Federation said rebels had now capitulated to government control.

However, in their phone call, President Trump and Mrs May agreed it was vital action was taken to deter President Assad's forces from using chemical weapons.

"I think it is right that the worldwide community has come together and said we will not accept this", the prime minister added.

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May is certain to face MPs' anger on Monday when parliament returns from recess. Writing in the Guardian on Thursday, Conservative MP Bob Seely, a former soldier, warned military intervention carried profound dangers.

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