Syria: UK military action

The UK government is acting to degrade the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons capability and deter their future use, following news that up to 75 people were killed in a barbaric attack in Douma on 7 April. The Syrian Regime has an abhorrent record of using chemical weapons on its own people.

The UK government worked with international partners to consider what action it needs to take to prevent and deter future humanitarian catastrophes caused by chemical weapons attacks. Based on the advice of the Attorney General, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Defence Staff, the Cabinet agreed that it was both right and legal to take military action. This collective action sends a clear message that the international community will not stand by and tolerate the use of chemical weapons.