Michael Fallon says UK would support US Syria strike over chemical attacks
News 27 Jun 2017

Michael Fallon says UK would support US Syria strike over chemical attacks

Britain will support fresh US retaliation against chemical weapons use by the Syrian regime, the Defence Secretary said today.

Sir Michael Fallon made clear that the UK is ready to stand with its ally after the White House warned that Bashar Assad's military is preparing another chemical attack against rebel forces. But he said the Americans had not yet shared any intelligence about the threat.

Sir Michael said Britain had backed the Donald Trump when the US president mounted missile strikes against Assad's forces following a devastating chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians last April.

'As always in war, the military action you use must be justified, it must be legal, it must proportionate, it must be necessary. In the last case it was...If the Americans take similar action again, I want to be very clear - we will support it,' Sir Michael told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

The White House said in a statement overnight that it had evidence chemical weapons were being prepared.