UK drafts Syria UN resolution
UK to put resolution to UN Security Council today 'authorising necessary measures to protect civilians' in Syria Ref. BBC
The British government published its legal reasoning for a possible strike on Syria today, saying that it was justified on humanitarian grounds.
"The use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime is a serious crime of international concern, as a breach of the customary international law prohibition on use of chemical weapons, and amounts to a war crime and a crime against humanity. However, the legal basis for military action would be humanitarian intervention; the aim is to relieve humanitarian suffering by deterring or disrupting the further use of chemical weapons," The statement said. Ref. Source 5
David Cameron loses Syria vote
MPs vote against UK government motion on the principle of military intervention in Syria Ref. BBC
British lawmakers vote against military action against Syria.
The vote, 285-to-272, came just minutes after member of Parliament rejected a Labour Party motion calling for additional time for U.N. Weapons inspectors to gather evidence over whether President Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons in suburban Damascus. Ref. CNN
50 Syria Militants Could Return to Wage Jihad in UK, Claims Intelligence Source:
A security source told the Sunday Times that MI5 was tracking a number of individuals who are believed to have fought for al-Qaida-linked jihadist groups against the forces of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Ref. Source 8
'British suicide bomber' filmed driving truck in Syria - video:
Abdul Waheed Majeed, 41, is believed to have carried out the attack - the first Briton to become a suicide bomber in Syria. Dozens died in the resulting violence and activists claim 300 detainees escaped Ref. Source 8
Man guilty of Syria terror plan
Man from Portsmouth becomes first person in UK to be convicted of preparing for terrorism in Syria Ref. BBC