U.S. Allies On Syria: France Rallies Military As Britain Backs Out

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France Supports U.S. Syria Strike, British Parliament Votes No

  • 08/30/2013 10:34 AM EDT World

Two of the United States' closest allies have opposing stances on action in Syria. While British Prime Minister David Cameron proposed supporting a U.S. strike, a Parliamentary vote on Thursday struck it down. Cameron said he would respect the decision citing insufficient evidence of chemical warfare. 
 
France announced on Friday that they support the intervention and are preparing their military as well. President François Hollande said that acts by the Syrian government "must not go unpunished." 
 
The U.S. has moved five destroyers into striking distance as of Friday morning.