"British MPs have rejected possible UK military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government to deter the use of chemical weapons.
"A government motion was defeated by 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes.
"PM David Cameron said 'the government will act accordingly', effectively ruling out London's involvement in any US-led strikes against Damascus."
Commons votes against Syria action
David Amess (Southend West)
Richard Bacon (Norfolk South)
Steven Baker (Wycombe)
John Baron (Basildon & Billericay)
Andrew Bingham (High Peak)
Crispin Blunt (Reigate)
Fiona Bruce (Congleton)
Tracey Crouch (Chatham & Aylesford)
David Davies (Monmouth)
Philip Davies (Shipley)
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden)
Nick de Bois (Enfield North)
Richard Drax (Dorset South)
Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne & Sheppey)
Philip Hollobone (Kettering)
Adam Holloway (Gravesham)
Phillip Lee (Bracknell)
Julian Lewis (New Forest East)
Jason McCartney (Colne Valley)
Stephen McPartland (Stevenage)
Nigel Mills (Amber Valley)
Anne-Marie Morris (Newton Abbot)
Andrew Percy (Brigg & Goole)
Sir Richard Shepherd (Aldridge-Brownhills)
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth & Horncastle)
Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight)
Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes)
Charles Walker (Broxbourne)
Chris White (Warwick & Leamington)
DR SARAH WOLLASTON (Totnes)
Gordon Birtwistle (Burnley)
Mike Crockart (Edinburgh West)
Andrew George (St Ives)
Mike Hancock (Portsmouth S)
Julian Huppert (Cambridge)
Ian swales (Redcar)
Sarah Teather (Brent Central)
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall)
Roger Williams (Brecon and Radnorshire)
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- Eruditus , Manila, 30/8/2013 05:27
'The rebel group al-Nusra, which is linked to al-Qaeda, did the gas attack in Damascus, using gas supplied by Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia.'
A group of journalists, one of whom works for the Associated press, report that both rebels and local residents in Ghouta accuse Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan of providing the chemical weapons to the al-Qaida linked rebel group.
Both Bandar and al-Nusra are believed to be close friends of the CIA.
The journalists interviewed doctors, Ghouta residents, rebel fighters and their families.
According to the journalists:
"My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry," said Abu Abdel-Moneim, the father of a rebel fighting to unseat Assad, who lives in Ghouta.
Abdel-Moneim said his son and 12 other rebels were killed inside of a tunnel used to store weapons provided by a Saudi militant, known as Abu Ayesha, who was leading a fighting battalion. The father described the weapons as having a "tube-like structure" while others were like a "huge gas bottle."
Ghouta townspeople said the rebels were using mosques and private houses to sleep while storing their weapons in tunnels.
Abdel-Moneim said his son and the others died during the chemical weapons attack. That same day, the militant group Jabhat al-Nusra, which is linked to al-Qaida, announced that it would similarly attack civilians in the Assad regime’s heartland of Latakia on Syria’s western coast, in purported retaliation.
More here: Syrians in Ghouta claim that Saudi Arabia supplied the rebels behind the chemical attack of 21 August 2013 / EXCLUSIVE: Witnesses Of Gas Attack Say Saudis Supplied Rebels With Chemical Weapons
Bandar and Bush
Prince Bandar is said to be a friend of Mossad.
Arab country 'cooperates with Mossad'
Prince Bandar has a 56,000-square-foot mansion in Aspen, Colorado.
The palatial vacation home, called Hala Ranch, is larger than the White House.
From P II: An American Pinay Circle, we learn:
"The early 1970s brought Saudis recruited by the CIA to train at American military bases, including Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
"Bandar has long been an ally, if not an asset, of the CIA.
"When DCI William Casey wanted a cell of alleged terrorists killed, King Fahd sent Bandar to Langley to make the arrangements. The plan backfired when the subsequent car bombing took down an apartment building near Beirut, killing 80 innocent civilians.
"After September 11, 2001, Bandar would fall under suspicion when it was discovered that two of the terrorists involved were found to have received financing from the Prince.
"Bandar was trained at Ellington AFB near Houston. (Source: Lois Battuello)...
According to Wikipedia, Bandar helped negotiate the 1985 Al Yamamah deal, a series of massive arms sales by the United Kingdom to Saudi Arabia worth GB£40 billion (US$80 billion), including the sale of more than 100 warplanes.
After the deal was signed, British arms manufacturer British Aerospace (now BAE Systems) allegedly funnelled secret payments of at least GB£1 billion (US$2 billion) into two Saudi embassy accounts in Washington, in yearly instalments of up to GB£120 million (US$240 million) over at least 10 years.
Bandar allegedly took money for personal use out of the accounts, as the purpose of one of the accounts was to pay the operating expenses of the prince's private Airbus A340.
According to investigators, there was "no distinction between the accounts of the embassy, or official government accounts [...], and the accounts of the royal family."
The payments were discovered during a Serious Fraud Officeinvestigation, which was stopped in December 2006 by attorney general Lord Goldsmith. 
On 15 February 2008, The Guardian has a story entitled: BAE: papers reveal Saudi threats
In 2004, the UK's Serious Fraud Office began an investigation into arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
It was The Guardian which reportedly had discovered massive secret payments were going to Saudi princes, to promote arms deals.
Tony Blair eventually halted the fraud investigation, claiming that this was necessary in order to continue cooperation with Saudi Arabia in intelligence matters.
From The Guardian, 15 February 2008:
Prince Bandar is alleged to have received £1bn in secret payments from the arms company BAE.