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Jeremy Corbyn: May waiting for Trump instructions on Syria

Jeremy Corbyn: May waiting for Trump instructions on Syria

"This legally questionable action risks escalating further, as U.S. defence secretary James Mattis has admitted, an already devastating conflict and therefore makes real accountability for war crimes and use of chemical weapons less, not more likely".

President Trump spoke to the prime minister on Thursday evening, and the pair agreed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had "established a pattern of risky behaviour in relation to the use of chemical weapons".

He said: 'Parliament must be consulted on this. 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.

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".

Abbott said that giving up on the possibility of a political solution was to "give up all hope", adding: "What we're interested in is an end to the violence and we don't believe that further bombing in this situation will bring an end to violence".

Many politicians, including some in May's own Conservative Party, had backed his call for parliament to be asked before any military strike.

Speaking after the letter was handed in, Ms Dent Coad said the current case for intervention was based on supposition and that military action should be put to a vote in Parliament.

But Transport Minister Jo Johnson later stressed: "There has been no decision to take military action at this point".

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"The reason they are not doing it is they are frightened they will lose the vote".

Russia's military said on Thursday that Douma was now under full control of the Syrian government after a Russian-mediated deal secured the evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians after it was recaptured by Syrian forces.

Four RAF Tornado fighter jets armed with the destructive Storm Shadow missiles took off from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus during the early hours of this morning and targeted a Syrian chemical weapons site 15 miles west of Horns.

During Thursday's cabinet meeting called to discuss the United Kingdom response, she described it as "shocking and barbaric" and said it was a "further example of the erosion of worldwide law in relation to the use of chemical weapons, which was deeply concerning to us all".

Mrs May and Mr Trump had also "agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged, and on the need to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime".

May is certain to face MPs' anger on Monday when parliament returns from recess.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable demanded Parliament be recalled to vote on the crisis, telling the BBC: 'The position is a very risky one because of Russian involvement - also because we have an erratic president of the United States'.