Britain would join strikes on Syria if chemical weapon use proven

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By Middle East Affairs

Britain would consider joining the United States in military strikes against the Syrian regime if there’s evidence that the government is using chemical weapons on civilians, the foreign secretary said Tuesday.

Boris Johnson told BBC: “If we know that it has happened, and we can demonstrate it, and if there is a proposal for action where the U.K. could be useful, then I think we should seriously consider it.”

He said supported limited strikes in the case of “incontrovertible evidence” that the Syrian government was involved in the attacks.

Britain is part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in Syria, but the government voted against an offensive on the Syrian regime in 2013, according to Reuters.

Johnson told BBC that he supported the U.S. attack on Syrian government last year after almost 100 people were killed in a gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Johnson questioned whether the use chemical weapons should go “unreproved, unchecked, unpunished.”

 

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