US President plotting wider attacks on Syrian regime, says ex-General
But UK military chiefs excluded from US meetings after Commons vote
Foreign Secretary William Hague rules out a second debate in Parliament
Insists David Cameron will use G20 this week to push for global action
Barack Obama dramatically escalated his plans for military action in Syria yesterday.
The US president said proposed strikes against the regime were part of a ‘broader strategy’ to topple Bashar Assad, who is accused of killing hundreds of civilians with chemical weapons.
The suggestion of ‘regime change’ emerged as tensions in the region were heightened further by the Israeli firing of two missiles in the eastern Mediterranean in the early hours of yesterday.
President Obama’s remarks helped win support in Washington from sceptical Republicans, who have cast doubt on the value of a ‘symbolic’ strike in response to the use of poison gas.
But they also suggested there is already ‘mission creep’ in the planned US intervention in the wartorn country, reflecting the fears of Tory and Liberal Democrat rebels who joined with Labour to defeat David Cameron over plans to join military action last week.
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