A U.N. team, that is scheduled to investigate an alleged chemical attack that killed hundreds last week in a Damascus suburb, leaves their hotel in a convoy, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. An Associated Press photographer saw the U.N. members, wearing body armor, leaving in seven SUVs. It was not clear if the team headed to the suburb where the alleged attack occurred. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 file photo, Syrians swim in a pool in Damascus. Even in the capital of a country torn by civil war, Syrians have to find some way to enjoy themselves on a hot summer weekend. So the pool at a Damascus luxury pool was packed. The children splaying in the water paid no attention to the frequent thump of artillery and shells from fighting on the city outskirts. The veneer of normalcy is thin in Damascus, the stronghold of President Bashar Assad's rule, after more than 2 1/2 years of bloodshed.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council are meeting informally to discuss the language of a draft resolution that would authorize the use of military force against Syria.
Britain put forth the proposal Wednesday as momentum seems to be building among Western allies for a strike against Syria. U.S. officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, have charged that President Bashar Assad's government used deadly chemical weapons near Damascus last week.
The U.S. has not presented concrete proof, and U.N. inspectors have not endorsed the allegations.
Russia, a Syrian ally and a permanent member of the Security Council, is all but certain to veto a resolution authorizing force.