Japan to avoid direct support for United States strike on Syria

Inspectors will today start investigations on the ground into the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, as Britain, the USA and France continue to finalise a response.

Analysts are puzzled by the logic of Trump's decision to stand up against "Gas Animal Assad" by raining explosives on Syria and killing Syrians.

May and her Cabinet, meanwhile, met in London on Thursday and "agreed on the need to take action to alleviate humanitarian distress and to deter the further use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime", said a statement from Downing Street.

"We have proof that last week chemical weapons were used, at least chlorine, and that they were used" by Assad's forces", he also said.

President Donald Trump confirmed "precision strikes" had been ordered on targets associated with the Syrian government's chemical weapons programme.

Syria and its backers, Russian Federation and Iran, say reports of the attack were fabricated by rebels, and rescue workers in Douma have accused the U.S. of seeking to use it as a pretext to attack the government. "These are not the actions of a man", Trump said, referring to Assad.

Reuters reported that six huge explosions were observed in Damascus. "Right now we have no additional strikes planned", he said. Syrian television reported that a scientific research centre had been hit.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said worldwide relations should not depend on one person's morning mood, in apparent reference to Trump's tweets.

"We can not tolerate the normalisation of the use of chemical weapons", he said in a statement.

"The use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances is illegal and utterly reprehensible", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Saturday.

"US allies have offered strong words of support for Washington but no clear military plans have yet emerged".

"Legal morality is an absolute trap, because what's moral for you isn't for me", said Didier Billion of France's Institute for global and Strategic Affairs.

The minister said strikes conducted by French air force in Syria not targeted at Syria's allies.

Meanwhile, the Syrian military has transferred a significant portion of their aircraft on airfields that are under the control of Russian Federation. Asked if France is planning to participate in retaliatory attacks on Syria, he was noncommittal.

While Syria has denied using chemical weapons, Russian Federation - an ally of Syria - accused Britain on Friday of staging a false chemical attack.

"We specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved", Mr Mattis said.

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that missiles "will be coming". In that strike, on April 7, 2017, the US launched 59 cruise missiles on a Syrian military airbase.

"Syria's responsible. We are all in agreement", she said.

  • Leroy Wright