Newspaper review: Papers show MPs' Syria concerns

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David Cameron's plans for military action in Syria were the subject of a bad-tempered conversation with Ed Miliband on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Times.

The paper claims Mr Cameron was "unprepared" for the call, in which the Labour leader said he wanted more evidence from UN inspectors before supporting missile strikes.

The Prime Minister was, apparently, "infuriated".

And it seems Labour are not the only ones opposing the prime minister.

He tells the paper: "An attack will be interpreted around the Middle East in ways we can't predict."

On the opposite page, Simon Heffer says "Westminster is abuzz with rumours that two ministers in particular - the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, and the Home Secretary, Theresa May - have grave doubts about missile strikes".

"And we are their Special PC, working weekends, with our little notebook reporting back to Washington if we see any bother... Yet the majority of Britons ask - why?"

In the Daily Express, Leo McKinstry puts it more bluntly: "What on earth has the unfolding nightmare of Syria got to do with Britain?"

The Sun has a picture of a man lying on a stretcher, which it says was taken near Syria's border with Turkey.

The man is badly burned, and the paper says he is an alleged victim of a napalm bomb set off by Syrian troops.

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