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'Enough is enough': Boris Johnson defends Syria air strikes

16 April 2018

The EU's foreign ministers will formalise their support for the strikes, with ministers expected to declare they "strongly condemn the continued and repeated use of chemical weapons by the regime in Syria, including the latest attack on Douma, which is a grave breach of worldwide law and an affront to human decency".

The Sunday Times reported security sources who warned that the government was bracing itself for "kompromat" attacks, where embarrassing or compromising material is released about members of the cabinet and other high ranking officials.

The Foreign Secretary thanked the worldwide community for its support of the strikes, adding: "It's very important to stress, this is not an attempt to change the tide of the war in Syria, have a regime change or get rid of Bashar al-Assad".

"I'm afraid the Syrian war will go on in its frightful, miserable way".

On Friday night the US, Britain and France launched air strikes against Syrian chemical sites after obtaining "proof" that poisonous gas was used last weekend in Douma, killing 41 civilians.

"There's one overwhelming reason why this was the right thing to do and that is to deter the use of chemical weapons, not just by the Assad regime but around the world", Johnson said.

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"If even such a thing [a chemical attack] were to happen, then clearly, with allies, we would study what the options were", he added.

"I think Parliament should have had a say in this and I think the Prime Minister could have done that quite easily", Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday.

Lithuania's foreign minister, Linas Antanas Linkevicius, said today: "Not everyone is capable to take part in the air strikes, but it's important to support [them]".

He also did not rule out further attacks against Syria if the Assad regime continued the alleged use of chemical weapons.

"Any peaceful diplomatic solution can not be done without this first stage - very strong, robust reaction".

Cabinet minister Boris Johnson on Sunday stated that the United Kingdom should take "every possible precaution" to defend itself from the prospect of Russian retaliation following Friday's air strikes on Syria.

'Enough is enough': Boris Johnson defends Syria air strikes