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Shocking satellite images show devastation in districts that back opposition to President Assad

Bashar al-Assad has warned that the Middle East could 'explode' if the United States and France pressed ahead

Syria crisis: Middle East will 'explode' when Western strikes hit, warns Assad

France claim it has proof regime was behind chemical attack

Syria crisis: Nick Clegg rules out second Commons vote on military action as Boris Johnson increases pressure on Cameron

The Deputy Prime Minister said 'we're not going to keep asking the same question of Parliament again and again'

A Syrian boy at the Turkish border. Now refugees are making for Lebanon

Exodus: Terrified Syrians dash to flee air strikes

Thousands of refugees cross into Lebanon each day – but their host country can barely cope

Protesters against the war in Iraq marching in March 2003

MPs are scarred by the war in Iraq

The vote on Syria was dogged by memories of 2003

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to journalists in the far eastern city of Vladivostok

Syria crisis: Obama chemical weapons claim is 'utter nonsense', says Russian President Vlamidir Putin

The Russian President also called on the Obama administration to present the evidence behind its claims

UN inspectors in Ain Tarma, Damascus

UN condemns attack on chemical weapons inspectors as Syria says it is ready for imminent action

UN spokesman also describes reports that the inspectors departure is to make way for military action as 'grotesque'

David Cameron is seen addressing the House of Commons during the vote for intervention in Syria

Syria fallout: David Cameron ‘back to square one’ ahead of election after humiliation on world stage

The irony of David Cameron’s humiliating inability to send British forces join military strikes on Syria is that he has been urging Barack Obama to take tough action on the crisis for months.

Syria cisis: Residents of Damascus brace themselves for military strikes

Lebanon has contingency plans for up to 50,000 Syrian refugees in a day if the strikes happen

President François Hollande: 'The chemical massacre in Damascus cannot go unpunished'

From ‘cheese-eating surrender monkeys’ to America's new best friends? François Hollande talks tough on Syria after UK backs down

France is ready to join the United States in a retaliatory strike against Syria even though Britain has pulled out, President François Hollande said today.

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

Iran, not Syria, is the West's real target

Iran is ever more deeply involved in protecting the Syrian government. Thus a victory for Bashar is a victory for Iran. And Iranian victories cannot be tolerated by the West

A British Typhoon jet departs from Gioia del Colle, Italy on 16 April 2011. Six RAF Typhoon jets have been deployed to Cyprus

Syria crisis: British jets head for Cyprus as US and Russia send ships to region

In Syria, troops are moved to built-up areas and weapons to alternative locations

French opposition to the 2003 Iraq invasion was widely derided in the US, such as at this Boston rally that year

Syria crisis: France is no longer shoulder-to-shoulder with US

‘Cheese-eating surrender monkeys’ again risk American wrath as François Hollande steps back from air strikes

Pope Francis (right) meeting King Abdullah of Jordan

Syria civil war: Pope and Jordan's King Abdullah say dialogue the 'only option'

As governments and legislatures in the US and UK mull intervention in Syria's civil war, the Pope and the Jordanian king have said that dialogue is the "only option" for ending the bloody conflict.

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

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