U.S. Air Strikes Against Syria Could Be On The Horizon07:44
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A military plane flies over Britain's airbase near Limassol, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (Pavlos Vrionides/AP)
A military plane flies over Britain's airbase near Limassol, Cyprus, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. (Pavlos Vrionides/AP)

The United Kingdom is asking the United Nations Security Council to authorize "necessary measures" to protect civilians in Syria.

Russia and China have vetoed previous resolutions they saw as critical of Syria and will be expected to block a new measure that is deemed to approve military action.

But military action by the West seems to be where this is headed, with talk about U.S. missile strikes on Syria in the coming days, after the alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians by the Syrian government last week.

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  • Bing West, retired Marine captain and former Assistant Secretary of Defense.

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This segment aired on August 28, 2013.

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