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Syrian war will go on despite Western strikes — Boris Johnson

Monday, April 16, 2018

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British foreign minister Boris Johnson yesterday said the Syrian war will inevitably continue after unprecedented Western strikes, which were limited to targeting the country's alleged chemical weapons facilities.

Britain and France on Saturday joined the US-led missile strikes, which came a week after a deadly attack on the town of Douma where civilians were hit with chlorine and sarin according to the Western powers.

Despite describing the intervention as “successful”, Britain's foreign minister said there were currently no plans for further attacks.

“I'm afraid that is the unhappy corollary of this that if we say we're limiting our action to chemical weapons... then of course it follows that the rest of the Syrian war must proceed as it will,” Johnson told BBC television.

British warplanes took part in the strikes, which destroyed sites suspected of hosting chemical weapons development and storage facilities.

The majority of the more than 350,000 victims of the seven-year conflict have been killed by conventional rather than chemical weapons.

But Johnson stressed the “overwhelming purpose” of the mission was a response to a series of chemical attacks in recent years.

“Finally, the world has said enough is enough,” he said.

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to face a backlash today when she addresses parliament, with some MPs angry the government joined the US-led mission without first seeking their approval.

A Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday newspaper found just 30 per cent of people supported May's decision to launch military without lawmakers' approval, with 54 per cent opposed.

Britain and its allies have since the strikes renewed diplomatic efforts at the United Nations, circulating a joint draft resolution at the Security Council calling for an investigation into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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