British Parliament Votes Down Military Strike on Syria


UK Prime Minister David Cameron indicated he won’t proceed without parliamentary approval, saying the government "will act accordingly."


The British Parliament Thursday rejected a proposal for military action in Syria -- while the Obama administration said it would make its own decision on a possible strike

"I strongly believe in the need for a tough response in the use of chemical weapons but I also believe in respecting the will of this House of Commons," Cameron said in the aftermath of his defeat.

Thursday vote was nonbinding, but Cameron's loss on even a symbolic vote likely means there will be no second-round vote next week.

The White House believes the evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its citizens is clear cut. NBC's Chuck Todd reports.

Facing not only the pushback from Britain but also a growing hesitation in Congress, the Obama administration insisted Thursday that any attack on Syria would be limited -- and flatly rejected comparisons to the Iraq war.


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