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"We can not allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised, either in Syria, on the streets of the United Kingdom or elsewhere".

The Russian Foreign Ministry slammed those allegations as a bogus story, while Russia's Defense Ministry pointed out that the White Helmets were not a reliable source of information as they were known for spreading fabricated news. "No other group could have carried this attack", May said.

Mattis noted that previous year, USA forces conducted a "unilateral strike on a single site", whereas he said these strikes "will result in a long term degradation to the Syrians' capability to research, develop, and employ biological and chemical weapons".

"You can imagine that people around the world are looking now and saying 'finally, someone stood up against that".

He attacked the Assad regime for "deploying chemical weapons to slaughter innocent civilians", referring to the alleged atrocity in Douma last Saturday.

"And the world said "enough" to the use of such weapons".

Although the British government on Saturday defended its decision to join the USA -led military strikes on Syria without consulting Parliament first, British opinion leaders immediately questioned about the Whitehall's legal justification of such a military action.

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"We have sought to use every possible diplomatic channel to achieve this", the prime minister said. "That's a separate proposition and we would have to look, together with our colleagues, at what the options were then".

U.S., British, and French forces launched air strikes against targets in Syria in the first coordinated Western military action against the Damascus regime.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, has questioned the legal basis for Britain's involvement.

"I think what we need in this country is something more robust, like a War Powers Act, so governments do get held to account by parliament for what they do in our name", he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

Mr Corbyn said that if Britain wants to "get the moral high ground around the world" it must abide by global law for taking military action.

"There is also the question as to how this use of force will be linked and subordinated to strategies for bringing the fighting in Syria to a rapid end and for resetting relations between the West and Russian Federation", he said in the commentary.

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