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Prime Minister Cameron said the UK would not intervene militarily in Syria, but promised that Britain would "lead the world" in delivering humanitarian aid where needed in Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. Politicians are demanding information about the alleged export to Syria in 2012 of chemicals used to make nerve gas; the government claims the exports did not take place after revocation of the export licenses due to Syrian sanctions.
Foreign Secretary Hague said the UK would offer only diplomatic support to its allies in any Syrian military intervention. A British colonel denied claims that UK troops abused, mutilated, or executed Iraqis after a fierce battle near Majar al-Kabir in southern Iraq in May 2004.
The House of Commons rejected the government's plan for an imminent military intervention in Syria, and also rejected a motion that endorsed military action in Syria if it was supported by evidence from UN weapons inspectors. Earlier today, the UK released an intelligence dossier to support the intervention plan. Prime Minister Cameron conceded there was no "smoking gun" proving the Syrian government's guilt for the Aug. 21 chemical attack, but said "we all have to reach a judgment about what happened and who is responsible." A court is considering a US extradition request for Minh Quang Pham, a Vietnam-born British national who allegedly is a member of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and worked with its senior leaders in Yemen.
After opposition from the Labour party and some of his own Conservative party members, Prime Minister Cameron pulled back on plans for an imminent military intervention in Syria. A motion to be debated in Parliament tomorrow calls for the UN to be allowed to finish its investigation and efforts to be made to reach a UN Security Council resolution before any such intervention. The wife of convicted Algerian terrorist Djemal Beghal lost a legal challenge to the power of the British police to stop and question people at airports.