UK says US strikes in Syria not start of new military campaign

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

British Defence Minister Michael Fallon has said US missile strikes targeting a Syrian airfield on Friday were designed to deter the government from carrying out other chemical attacks, not the start of a new military campaign.

“This strike was very limited to one airfield, it was entirely appropriate, it’s designed to deter the regime from carrying out further chemical weapons attacks,” Fallon told ITV television.

Asked if he saw the strike as the start of a new military campaign, the top official said, “We don’t see last night’s strike like that.”

The UK has said it a fully supports the airstrike, which came after a suspected chemical attack in rebel-held Idlib on Tuesday.

The Syrian government has been accused of carrying out the attack that has killed 84 people so far. It has rejected the claims.