PICTURES show eight American F15 jets leaving RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk this morning as they get ready to join the Syrian air strikes. It comes after senior ministers backed Prime Minister Theresa May at a special cabinet meeting.
F15 Fighter jets were seen leaving RAF Lakenheath
The planes were seen leaving the air base this morning after the Prime Minister and her cabinet met yesterday to draw up plans for British Military action in Syria.
She held a council of war at Downing Street to decide exactly what role Britain should play in a US-led attack on the Syrian regime.
Mrs May told the meeting the attack against innocent civilians in Douma, Syria, on Saturday was “a shocking and barbaric act which killed up to 75 people, including children, in the most appalling and inhumane way”.
A statement released by Downing Street last night said: “Cabinet agreed that the Assad regime has a track record of the use of chemical weapons and it is highly likely that the regime
is responsible for Saturday’s attack.
F15 Fighter jet at RAF Lakenheath taking off
F15 Fighter jet at RAF Lakenheath in the air
“The Prime Minister said it was a further example of the erosion of international law in relation to the use of chemical weapons, which was deeply concerning to us all.
“Following a discussion in which every member present made a contribution, Cabinet agreed it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged.
“Cabinet agreed on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.”
As ministers discussed the crisis yesterday, US officials claimed to have evidence that chlorine gas and a nerve agent were used in a Syrian government attack.
They said blood and urine samples from the scene of the attack had tested positive for both toxins.