December 9, 2013
UK defence minister: Britain won't take part in Syrian military action
British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that Britain would not take part in any military action against Syria after the government unexpectedly lost a vital parliamentary vote on the issue.
"I hoped we would carry the argument but we understand there is a deep well of suspicion about involvement in the Middle East," Hammond told BBC TV's Newsnight programme.
The United States, a key ally, would be disappointed that Britain "will not be involved," he added, but said: "I don't expect that the lack of British participation will stop any action."