Japan to avoid direct support for U.S. strike on Syria

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TOPSHOT- A member of the Syrian pro-regime forces fires a machine gun as a comrade holds his feeding ammunition belt during the advance towards rebel-held positions west of Aleppo near Abu al Zuhur military airport in the Idlib

Image Hundreds of thousands of people in Syria have been slaughtered with conventional arms

Iran, which has been operating militarily in Syria and backs Syrian President Bashar Assad, has threatened to respond to an Israeli airstrike on the T-4 airbase in Syria on Monday.

Event if Trump did, al-Atrash added, it could not disrupt the rapport among Syrian people, army and government.

"U.N. resolutions have been taken, and today we might be outside the framework of these resolutions, but we are within the framework of worldwide law: This dictator is murdering his own people", Jean-Jacques Bridey, head of the French parliament's defence commission, said this past week.

In April previous year Trump ordered Tomahawk strikes on the Shayrat Airbase in response to a similar chemical weapons attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhun. Then Thursday he tweeted that an attack on Syria "could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

Mr. Mattis' remarks at a House Armed Services Committee hearing followed a series of Trump tweets this week that initially indicated he was committed to bombing Syria but later suggested he was awaiting further advice and assessment.

Macron said Thursday that France has proof that the Syrian government launched chlorine gas attacks and said France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

Mr. Mattis said that although the United States has no hard proof, he believes the Syrian government was responsible for Saturday's attack.

Hundreds were injured in the suspected sarin gas attack
Image Dozens were killed and hundreds injured in the suspected chemical attack

In response, Trump tweeted that while Russian Federation vowed to protect Syria against attack, "Get ready Russian Federation, because [attacks] will be coming, nice and new and "smart!"

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, based in the Netherlands, announced it was sending a fact-finding team to the site of the attack outside Damascus, and it was due to arrive Saturday.

"I will tell you that, first of all, did a chemical weapons attack happen?"

A French frigate, UK Royal Navy submarines laden with cruise missiles and the USS Donald Cook, an American destroyer equipped with Tomahawk land attack missiles have all moved into range of Syria's sun-bleached coast.

As tensions mount between the U.S. and Russian Federation over a possible USA strike, the Kremlin said a crisis communications link with the United States meant to avoid an accidental clash over Syria was being used by both sides.

The remarks came a day after US President Donald Trump warned Russian Federation that his country would launch missile attacks on Syria after the alleged chemical attack took place. On Wednesday he went even further, warning Russian Federation "to get ready" after Moscow vowed to shoot down any missiles fired at Syria.

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However, inspectors with the global chemical weapons watchdog will travel to Douma to investigate reports of a chemical attack. That panel had found that the Syrian regime had dropped sarin on the village of Khan Sheikhun in April of a year ago .

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