Britain could join U.S. against Assad's regime in Syria


Russian Federation must end "blind support" for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and help find a political solution to the six-year Syrian civil war, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Tuesday.

Former foreign minister Alistair Burt asked Johnson whether the government felt bound by a previous vote in 2013.

Parliament later approved a limited British air campaign against Isis and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, but concerns are mounting that operations could become more risky following Russia's suspension of an accord aiming to avoid mid-air conflict.

"We know beyond doubt that two Sukhoi-22 aircraft took off from Shayrat airfield where we know that chemical weapons are stored", Johnson said. Meanwhile, the alternative press is reporting that Assad actually attacked an al-Qaida storage facility in an attempt to destroy their ammunition, not knowing that non-sarin chemicals were stored there.

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On Thursday, Uzumcu said the organization could complete its fact-checking of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria within the next three weeks and urged OPCW member states offer any available information to the investigation.

The Turkish government said autopsies on victims brought over the border confirmed chemical weapons had been used.

The entire stockpile was said to have been dismantled and shipped out under worldwide supervision in 2014 and destroyed.

"The essential thing will be to have a political process that preserves the institutions of the Syrian state while decapitating the monster", he said.

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In response to a question about revoking British citizenship for Assad's wife, Asma, Johnson said individual files could not be discussed but he conceded she was on a United Kingdom government list of sanctioned individuals.

Whilst speaking to the Commons, Mr Johnson encouraged Russian Federation to end its "blind support" for Mr Assad following growing tensions between the west and Russian Federation over the right course of action to take in Syria.

Mr Johnson also suggested that Britain could support the United States in the event of further missile strikes on Syria.

"These weapons have not yet been fully tested but no one can be complacent about the potential threat they pose".

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