UK Parliament Rejects Military Strike on Syria

(Telegraph-UK) Robert Winnett - British Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to abandon plans for Britain to participate in military strikes against Syria after a motion in Parliament backing the use of force "if necessary" was rejected by 285 votes to 272. It is the first time that a British government has been blocked from executing a military deployment and highlights the deep mistrust of official intelligence in the wake of the Iraq war. The prime minister said that he understood that there was not support for British action against Syria and indicated he would abandon any such plans. The prime minister had played a leading role in persuading President Obama of the need for action against Syria - with Britain tabling a draft UN resolution.

2013-08-30 00:00:00

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