DEFENCE DAILY: Syria Airstrikes Latest And US Celebrates RAF 100

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Airstrikes Took Place To “Alleviate Suffering”, Says May

Theresa May will tell MPs later today that she ordered RAF jets to take part in Syria airstrikes in order to "alleviate further humanitarian suffering". 

The prime minister is due to make a statement justifying her decision, during which she will ask the Commons Speaker for an extended emergency debate to allow MPs to express their views. 

The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson says the action by the US, UK and France will not "turn the tide" of the conflict and is not about regime change.

However, he added that he hopes it will act as a deterrent to more "barbaric" chemical attacks.

Trump Says Troops Will Return Home From Syria

The White House has released a statement stating that President Trump still wants US forces in Syria to return home as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Washington is preparing to impose more sanctions against Russian companies with ties to the Syrian president, Bashar al Assad. 

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated the sanctions to be announced on Monday would be aimed at sending a message to Russia, which she said has blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons.

RAF 100 Celebrated In US

A week of events to celebrate RAF 100 in the United States has kicked off in Washington.

Thousands descended on The National Air and Space Museum at Dulles airport to see a host of British and American aircraft.

Historic aircraft such as the Avro Lancaster Bomber landed outside of Udvar-Hazy Center for the one day event.