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UK's Johnson says Syria strikes not linked to Assad's removal

The airstrikes conducted against the Syrian regime by the United States, the United Kingdom and France last Saturday were not designed to depose the country's president Bashar al-Assad, but to deter future chemical attacks like the one that allegedly happened in the city of Douma earlier this month, London's Foreign Secretary Boris Johson said on Monday.

"There's one overwhelming reason why this was the right thing to do and that is to deter the use of chemical weapons, not just by the Assad regime but around the world," Johnson said, according to Sputnik.

Over the weekend, the US, the UK and France launched over 100 missiles on targets allegedly involved in the production of Syria's chemical arsenal. While the US President Donald Trump and Pentagon described the outcome of the operation as "mission accomplished," Assad's main supporters Russia and Iran, as well as China, condemned the attack and questioned its legality. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom's Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to face country's lawmakers in the Parliament later today, where she is set to explain why she didn't consult the members of parliament before ordering the military action.

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