Jeremy Corbyn condemns Syria strikes as 'legally questionable'

  • Jeremy Corbyn condemns Syria strikes as 'legally questionable'

Jeremy Corbyn condemns Syria strikes as 'legally questionable'

If the cabinet approves United Kingdom involvement in military action, that would open the way for British forces to join an operation against Syrian targets that US President Donald Trump has said in a tweet "will be coming".

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.

Mr Corbyn, a former chairman of the Stop The War Coalition, previously voted against Britain's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as against proposed military action against Syria in 2013 and 2016.

"The Prime Minister could and should have recalled Parliament this week and sought the approval of MPs before proceeding".

Yesterday Mr Corbyn said: 'Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace.

"The government appears to be waiting for instructions from President Donald Trump on how to proceed".

Jeremy Corbyn has accused the United Kingdom government of "waiting for instructions" from the U.S. on how to proceed in the Syrian crisis after the allies vowed to work closely together on an global response.

Donald Trump, Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron defended the attack.

Many politicians, including some in May's own Conservative Party, had backed his call for parliament to be asked before any military strike. And Britain should press for an independent UN-led investigation of last weekend's horrific chemical weapons attack so that those responsible can be held to account.

Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, went further, saying the Labour party believed there was no military answer to the Syrian crisis.

He said it was "deeply alarming" to see the return of chemical weapons to the battlefield in Syria and the airstrikes was the "right thing to do" in "settling the determination to ensure these weapons cannot be used".

Mrs May has described the alleged use of chemical weapons as a "humanitarian catastrophe" that "cannot go unchallenged".

She told reporters that the president had "a number of options at his disposal and a number remain on the table", but added: "We haven't laid out any specific actions we plan to take". In a tweet sent Wednesday morning, Trump warned that missiles would be coming "nice and new and "smart" on Syria, but in a later tweet insisted he "never said" an attack would take place.

Douma and the rest of eastern Ghouta had been a significant rebel stronghold throughout Syria's civil war and its surrender came after years of siege by Assad's troops and a months-long military offensive.

But he said it was "intellectually bankrupt" to expect the security services to lay out all the information they have.

It follows his initial reaction to the bombing, when he was joined by Vince Cable and Nicola Sturgeon in questioning the Prime Minister's decision to move forward without a parliamentary vote.