David Cameron says he does not have to apologise to Barack Obama over failure to secure vote on Syria

The Prime Minister suffered a humiliating defeat in the Commons last night when MPs voted against military action

A Free Syrian Army fighter in Khanasir, near Aleppo, yesterday

Beyond reasonable doubt? Evidence on Syrian chemical atrocity fails to make a case for war

Critics say the Joint Intelligence Committee’s report fails to make watertight case for British intervention

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel will justify air strikes

Syria crisis: President Obama lacks ‘smoking gun’ linking Assad to gas attacks

Dossier justifying a strike on Syrian regime ‘falls short’ of evidence needed to convince Congress and UN

David Cameron chairs a meeting of the National Security Council at 10 Downing Street in central London to discuss a response to the situation in Syria

UK agencies give their verdict on Damascus chemical weapons attack

See below for links to the full documents which are set to be the basis for this afternoon's crucial debate on the Middle East crisis

UN inspectors in Ain Tarma, Damascus

Syria crisis: Weapons inspectors visit site of alleged chemical attack

UN weapons inspectors have restarted their investigation into last week’s alleged chemical attack in Damascus. Accompanied by armed rebels, UN inspectors visited the suburbs of Jobar and Zamalka, “taking samples and interviewing the victims”, Dr Ghazzan Bwadani, who treated many of those affected, told The Independent.

An Orthodox Jew and his children collect gas masks in Jerusalem

Syria crisis: Israeli army and civilians brace for rocket attacks

Israel ordered the call-up of hundreds of army reservists today in preparation for possible Syrian retaliation should the US launch strikes against the Assad regime.

'A disaster for the region': Iran leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warns against US strike on Syria

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that US intervention in Syria would be “a disaster for the region”, the ISNA state news agency reported, as Western powers made plans to hit Damascus over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Syria crisis: Britain to seek UN Security Council approval for draft resolution authorising use of 'all necessary measures'

Council meeting unanimously agreed that the 'world will not stand by' in the face of 'unacceptable' chemical attacks

Andy McSmith's Sketch: David Cameron knows more about what is NOT going to happen in Syria than what will happen

When Tony Blair sent British troops into Iraq, he knew what they were there to do – he just could not give a clear reason why. David Cameron had the opposite problem today. He was  crystal clear about “why”, but very vague about “what”.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem

Syria crisis: We will defend ourselves 'by all means,' foreign minister pledges

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem was defiant today, vowing to defend the country “by all means” if it was attacked.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said his country would defend itself using 'all means available' in case of a U.S. strike

Syria crisis: 'We are ready to go,' says US as Obama holds talks on air strike

Meanwhile, Arab League offers legal cover for military action by saying Damascus regime is ‘responsible for heinous crime’

Syria: Russia’s warning falls on deaf ears as Britain and US prepare to bomb

Number 10 asks Government’s most senior law officer to justify participation in air strikes

U.N. chemical weapons experts visit people affected by an apparent gas attack

UN inspectors come under sniper fire as they visit alleged gas attack site

Team was hampered in its ability to move around the area to carry out a thorough investigation

Samples from victims could fail to show evidence of sarin gas

It will be difficult – but not impossible – to detect the chemical breakdown products of any nerve agents that may have been used in the Damascus attack, but access to the victims could be critical in proving the illicit use of chemical weapons.

Parents grieve over the body of their child killed in a suspected chemical attack in Damascus

Moscow warns US over Syria as President Obama weighs strike options

Any military action would have a devastating affect on an explosive situation, says Russia

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