30 Aug '13, 2pm

US finds itself with only 1 major partner - France - in its plans to strike Syria.

PARIS — The United States found itself with only one major partner - France - in its plans to strike Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons, after its staunchest ally Britain had to beg off following a stunning rejection of military force by Parliament. The collapse of support puts pressure on President Barack Obama as resistance to the mission grows at home - and comes with the irony that Paris was the most vocal critic of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. French President Francois Hollande pledged backing Friday for Obama's plans to hit the Damascus regime. "The chemical massacre of Damascus cannot and must not remain unpunished," Hollande said in an interview with the newspaper Le Monde, published Friday, as U.N. experts in Damascus began what is expected to be the last day of their probe into the alleged attack. Amid the turmoil of a British `no' and mounting Amer...

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