UK Prime Minister Cameron loses Syria war vote

August 29, 2013 • World News

In this image taken from video, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, front left, stands to speak to the assembled parliament during a debate on Syria, in Britain’s parliament, London, Thursday Aug. 29, 2013. Britain’s leaders said Thursday it would be legal under humanitarian doctrine to launch a military strike against Syria even without authorization from the United Nations Security Council, but it is not certain how much support there is for the government’s resolution on Syria. (AP Photo / PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT – NO SALES – NO ARCHIVES

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote endorsing military action against Syria by 13 votes Thursday, a stunning defeat that will almost guarantee that Britain plays no direct role in any U.S. attack on Bashar Assad’s government.

A grim-faced Cameron conceded after the vote that “the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action.”

The prime minister said that while he still believed in a “tough response” to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad’s regime, he would respect the will of Parliament.

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