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Cameron’s fresh military adventurism hits a snag
Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:10PM
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British Prime Minister David Cameron’s fresh military adventurism to launch an invasion against Syria has hit a snag after it was revealed that his own top brass are against such an idea.


Cameron had ordered senior military planners to consider contingencies for a military invasion of the Middle Eastern country, but top brass “are dead set against the idea”, The Sun reported.

The report contradicts an earlier piece which quoted Chief of the Defense Staff General Sir David Richards as saying that the UK is considering contingency plans to take a full-blown military action against Syria instead of trying to organize the country’s rebel groups.

“The situation this winter I think may deteriorate and may well provoke calls to intervene in a limited way,” General Richards had told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

The Sun’s report quoted a military source as saying: “When one Brigadier heard the news Cameron wanted an armed solution his response was, ‘you and whose Army?’”

The source added: “They don’t want to get embroiled in another war when they’re already stretched beyond capacity.”

The news comes as Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and Foreign Secretary William Hague are also thought to oppose military intervention in Syria.

Because, they believe, Syria is a totally different prospect to Libya since President Bashar al-Assad has formidable armed forces as well as Russian backing.

Phillip Hammond had said that his country was still focused on trying to overcome objections from Russia and China to get a strong UN Security Council resolution against Syria.

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