In an unexpected turn of events, members of the UK parliament have voted against joining the US in any military action against Syria following the chemical weapon attacks this month which killed over a thousand civilians.
Much to Prime Minister David Cameron's dismay, a 285 to 272 majority voted not to intervene - a blow against Cameron's authority, and a concern that this will harm Britain's relationship with America.
This surprise outcome follows a revelation by shadow defense secretary Jim Murphy, who claimed that, despite Cameron and Nick Clegg's case in favor of joining allies in an attack on Syria, the pair's "credibility is now diminished", and that Cameron's own MPs were "unwilling to take him at his word".
Concerns also lie with Russia, Iran, and China - all of which want no intervention from foreign forces, but President Obama appears defiant in the face of potential repercussions should America send military power into Syria, stating on Wednesday: “We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out. And if that’s so, then there need to be international consequences.”
With growing numbers on both sides of the US political parties already feeling weary by the on-going war on the Middle East, yet another attack is proving to be a sore point among civilians in both America, and the UK, with the fear of revenge strikes being one of the main concerns.