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Government Loses Syria Vote Following Heated Commons Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Politics

UPDATE: David Cameron has ruled out British military intervention in Syria after losing an historic Commons vote. The Government lost the Commons v...

'He's Bad Enough, Is He Mad Enough?'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics

George Galloway says Bashar Assad is "bad enough" to have gassed his own people - but questioned whether he was "mad enough". The controversial Res...

Cameron Says Iraq 'Poisoned' Public Opinion

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has admitted he faces an uphill struggle to convince people about Syrian intervention - because the Iraq invasion left public opinion "w...

Using Chemical Weapons Is Always Abhorrent - Except When It Isn't

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The point is not just that missile strikes won't prevent Assad from carrying out attacks with chemical weapons, nor will they help bring the Syrian conflict to a much-needed close, but that our political leaders in the west occupy very little moral high ground when it comes to condemning the use of such horrific weapons.

RAF Jets Sent To Cyprus

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK

RAF jets have been sent to Cyprus, the Ministry of Defence confirmed - but they will not be used to bomb Syria. The six Typhoon jets would be used ...

'Reasonable And Right To Wait'

PA | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics

Former defence secretaries have backed the decision to wait for a report from UN weapons inspectors before taking action against Syria. Tory Liam F...

US Intelligence On Syria's Chemical Weapons 'Is Thick With Caveats'

Associated Press | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics

A report by the Office of the Director for National Intelligence outlining that evidence against Syria is thick with caveats. It builds a case that As...

Syria - Where Will It Go From Here? Why I Disagree With Those Urging Imminent Military Intervention

Richard Burden | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

I've discovered that a driving holiday in rural central France with intermittent internet access is not the best way to hear that Parliament has been imminently recalled, or the best place from which to act on the information. Result? The logistics of getting back in time have beaten me and I'll still be on the road back to the UK when Parliament meets on Thursday.

PIC: David Cameron's 'Go To War' Checklist

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Comedy

(Created for HuffPost UK Comedy by David Schneider and David Beresford) LATEST: Tory Rebels Vote To Attack David Cameron More TOPICALOLs...

Iraq, Libya, Syria.. It's Like Groundhog Day - To Hell With the Facts, Bombs Away

Martin Newman | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Martin Newman

We've seen it all before. It's like Groundhog Day, the location is different - Syria not Iraq or Libya - but the rhetoric remains the same. While the discredited 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' mantra is gone, in its place the same humanitarian tipping point pared down - chemical weapons.

Unanswered Questions on Syria

Hasan Dindjer | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hasan Dindjer

The march towards military action against Syria has begun. This much is clear from the bellicose rhetoric of Western leaders, the leaks to the press about possible military strategies, and the rolling cast of experts gracing our screens to explain how strikes against Syria might work...

'Miliband Is A F***ing C**t And A Copper-Bottomed S***'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron's advisors could not contain their fury at Labour's decision not to back military action in Syria until after the conclusion of a UN ins...

A Missile Attack on Syria Will Only Perpetuate the Civil War and Cause Further Suffering

Clare Short | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Clare Short

Already 100,000 Syrians have died in this war and two million have become refugees. Sending cruise missiles will not end it and if the regime were to fall, chemical weapons could get into the hands of Al Qaeda. The best way forward is to go back to the plan to work with the Russians for an end to the fighting and a political transition.

Israel Deploys Full Missile Defences As Syria Attack Looms

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

Israel has deployed all of its missile defences, while citizens have scrambled for gas masks in preparation for a potential Syrian retaliatory attack....

Miliband Forces Climb Down On Military Action In Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.08.2013 | UK Politics

Labour have killed Thursday's Commons vote on whether Britain should intervene militarily in Syria, with David Cameron now forced to return to the Uni...

Mehdi Hasan

Labour To Vote Against David Cameron's Syria Attack Plan | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics

UPDATE: The Government has said that Thursday's vote will no longer authorise military action pending fresh efforts to achieve a Security Council reso...

WATCH: Will The West Strike UN?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

Christina Wilke, HuffPost national reporter, Mehdi Hasan political director HuffPost UK and Mark Goldberg, managing editor of the UN Dispatch, discuss...

What's the Point of Weapons' Inspectors? Everyone's Ultimately Going to Ignore Them Anyway?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

The media's role in the Iraq 'road to war' was to be relentlessly critical of weapons' inspectors, particularly whenever they came up with the 'wrong' findings as far as the pro-war-Iraq-has-WMD- lobby were concerned. Weapons' inspectors are back in the headlines, following allegations of use of chemical agents in Syria - are they going to get caught in the cross-fire again?

We Must Measure the Consequences of Intervening in Syria

Paul Flynn | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Flynn

We are all angry and upset at the terrible pictures of the atrocity in Syria. Poison gas is a cowardly and inhumane weapon. Its use against civilians is especially despicable. Instinctively we all want to punish the perpetrators and ensure there will be no repeat of this mass slaughter. That's the emotional reaction. The rational one is to measure the consequences of our using force in the Syrian Civil War.

The March to War With Damascus Must Be Halted

Andrew Smith | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Last time Britain and USA went to war without a UN mandate it created a human catastrophe that cost hundreds of thousands of lives, billions of dollars and badly damaged the West's credibility at home and abroad. 10 years later it's Russia and China that are likely to veto any UN Security Council resolution authorising military action, and this time it's Cameron and Hague arguing that intervention could be legal without UN approval...

UK National Security Council 'Unanimously Agrees' Syria Response

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Politics

The Cabinet will meet tomorrow to approve a UK response to the Syrian chemical weapons attack agreed unanimously by the National Security Council, Dow...

Christian Leaders Raise Fears Over Syria Action

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

British Christian leaders are the latest to urge caution as MPs prepare to vote on military action in Syria. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin We...

Ned Simons

Ex-Tory Cabinet Minister Warns Syria Attack Could Be An 'Absolute Disaster' | Ned Simons | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Politics

One of David Cameron's former cabinet colleagues has warned his move to launch military strikes against Syria could lead to "absolute disaster". Sp...

Syria: The Pace Quickens - But Towards What?

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The prospect of military action against the Assad regime by western powers has become increasingly real. Soon it may be all but inevitable. But what kind of action, for what purpose, in the service of what larger strategy? All this remains obscure.

Global Markets Fall Over Syria Intervention Fears

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

Fears of western military intervention in Syria have put the frighteners on investors, leading to a global stock market tumble. British investor ji...