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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has set himself at odds with other key figures in the opposition by criticizing the US air strikes on Syria.

In a statement, Mr Corbyn said the missile attack “risks escalating the war in Syria still further”. Instead, he called for “unrelenting international pressure for a negotiated settlement of the conflict.”

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has backed the strikes, telling a regional newspaper that President Trump’s actions “appear to be a direct and proportionate response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons.”

The UK government has also backed the US air strikes, along with calls for stronger efforts to reach a political settlement.

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