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Obama Left Weighing Solo Strikes on Syria After U.K. Vote

U.S. President Barack Obama was left to contemplate a unilateral attack on Syria after Britain, the U.S. ally in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, unexpectedly decided to opt out of any military strike.

David Cameron became the first U.K. prime minister in more than a century to lose a motion on military action when the House of Commons last night rejected his plan for the use of force in Syria. Obama’s administration was consulting leaders in Congress, where there’s some support for solo action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.