'Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace' - UK's Labour leader questions legality of Britain's involvement in Syria strikes



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1 NEWS NOW covered the aftermath of the US-led air strikes carried out in Syria in response to chemical weapons attacks in Douma.

Pictures show the before and after images of a research centre and a chemical weapons bunker hit by missiles yesterday.
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Mr Trudeau said in a press conference that it was “unfortunate” military action was needed to degrade the use of chemical weapons.
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1.11pm: The United States, Britain and France opted to strike Syria for its apparent use of chemical weapons without waiting for a report from UN inspectors because they were convinced that the Assad government had used chlorine and sarin nerve gas against a rebel-held Damascus suburb, American officials said today. 

The allies also acted because of concerns that Russian and Syrian forces may already have tried to clean up important evidence in Douma, where more than 40 people died in last weekend's attack, the officials said. - AP

12.48pm: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reiterated his support for the US-led airstrikes on Syria in a press conference today. 

Mr Trudeau says it was "unfortunate it was required to take direct military actions to degrade the use of chemical weapons by the murderous Assad regime".

12.28pm: Britain's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has questioned the legality of the air strikes in Syria by US, Britain and France. "[PM Theresa] May should have sought parliamentary approval, not trailed after Donald Trump," he said, according to Al Jazeera. "Bombs won't save lives or bring about peace."

Donald Trump said the US-led strikes were carried out in response to chemical weapons attacks in Douma.
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12.06pm: Australian Liberal senator and former general Jim Molan expects Russia to retaliate following the US-led allied missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons programme, the Australian Associated Press reports.

"There's no way in the world this is the end of the activity because that's up to the Russians," Senator Molan told Nine on Sunday.

12.00pm: Senior US officials are confident both chlorine and sarin gas were used in Syria's chemical weapons attacks in Douma last week. 

"While the available information is much greater on the chlorine use, we do nothave significant information that also points to sarin use," a senior administration official said in a call to reporters, CNN reports.

11.18am: Satellite images show a research and development centre outside Damascus, and a chemical weapons bunker outside Homs, before and after they were hit by airstrikes yesterday.

10.51am: The United States' ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, warns the country "is locked and loaded" to strike Syria if there are more chemical weapons attacks, Al Jazeera reports.

It comes after 100 US and allied missiles targeted proported chemical weapons facilities in Homs and the Syrian capital of Damascus. 

10.33am: The US Defence Department has released images of crews conducting final checks on a B-1 Bomber, as well as a US attack submarine launching Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea. 

A Pentagon official says, in total, 105 US and allied missiles were fired from aboard three US Navy ships and one Navy submarine.

10.19am: Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has criticised the US government, calling the strikes "a criminal act by US imperialism against the people of Syria".

Vice President Mike Pence said that the United States did the morally right thing when it attacked Syrian chemical weapons facilities in retaliation for an alleged attack on civilians.

A resolution needed at least nine "yes" votes to be approved.
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He told reporters at the Summit of the Americas in Lima that the the operation "significantly degraded" and "crippled" Syrian chemical weapons capabilities and that the attack "brought about an extraordinary success."

9.30am: Syria's ambassador to the United Nations claimed that Syrian air defences destroyed 100 missiles early Saturday.

"They didn't reach their targets," Bashar Ja'afari said.

The story so far today:

The United Nations Security Council has rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the "aggression" by the United States and its allies against Syria. Only three countries - Russia, China and Bolivia - voted in favour of the resolution at the end of an emergency meeting of the 15-member council called by Russia today.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told local TV station TF1 on today that the decision to launch strikes against Syrian chemical weapons stocks was based on information collected by trusted NGOs, laboratories and the French intelligence services.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all members of the UN Security Council to show restraint and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters in Syria.

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