Britain says its military making contingency plans for possible Syria action
In this image taken from amateur video posted online, appearing to show a presumed UN staff member measuring and photographing a canister in the suburb of Moadamiyeh in Damascus, Syria, Monday Aug. 26, 2013, the suburb of Damascus where the Syrian regime allegedly used deadly chemical weapons. (Media office of Moadamiyeh)
Gregory Katz, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, August 27, 2013 6:48AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:31AM EDT
LONDON -- Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday recalled Parliament for an urgent discussion and vote on a possible military response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria.
Cameron said the crisis session will be held Thursday, when Parliament would traditionally be on its summer recess. A clear motion will be considered by lawmakers, who have been urging Cameron to consult Parliament before any possible action against Syria.
Cameron's office said that the UK is considering a "proportionate" response that would deter Syrian President Bashar Assad from using chemical weapons in the future.
The decision on the recall came as the military drew up contingency plans for a possible military attack on Syria.
Britain's Ministry of Defence also said that a planned Royal Air Force training mission involving British Typhoon fighter jets has been postponed. The jets were to have been deployed on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.