Momentum grows for military action against Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Momentum appeared to build on Tuesday for Western military action against Syria, with the United States (US) and France saying they are in position for a strike, while the government in Damascus vowed to use all possible measures to repel it.
The prospect of a dramatic US-led intervention into Syria's civil war stemmed from the West's assertion - still not endorsed by United Nations (UN) inspectors - that President Bashar al-Assad's government was responsible for an alleged chemical attack on civilians outside Damascus on Aug 21 that the group Doctors Without Borders says killed 355 people. Mr Assad denies the claim.
The Arab League also threw its weight behind calls for punitive action, blaming the Syrian government for the attack and calling for those responsible to be brought to justice.
British Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament to hold an emergency vote on Thursday on his country's response. It is unlikely that any international military action would begin before then.