Obama strike plans in disarray after Britain rejects use of force in Syria
Paul Lewis and Spencer AckermanBarack Obama's plans for air strikes against Syria were thrown into disarray on Thursday night after the British parliament unexpectedly rejected a motion designed to pave the way to authorising the UK's participation in military action.
The White House was forced to consider the unpalatable option of taking unilateral action against the regime of Bashar al-Assad after the British prime minister, David Cameron, said UK would not now take part in any military action in response to a chemical attack in the suburbs of Damascus last week.
Although Britain's support was not a prerequisite for US action, the Obama administration was left exposed without the backing of its most loyal ally, which has taken part in every major US military offensive in recent years.
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"Obama strike plans in disarray after Britain rejects use of force in Syria", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2013. Consulté le 29/09/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/obama-strike-plans-in-disarray-after-britain-rejects-use-of-force-in-syria