As the United States prepares for air strikes, the British parliament beat a motion to follow them into the civil war torn nation.

The Australian Opposition leader said governments should “be very careful about getting involved in a civil war between two deeply unsavoury sides”.

He added that Australia wasn’t equipped to take on further military action.

“Should any action be taken, it will be taken by countries with the capacity to do so, and Australia is not one of them,” Abbott said.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said his government is aware of “overwhelming evidence” chemical weapons use in Syria and blames the Syrian regime for an “act of mass murder”.

He said, however, there had been “no request to Australia by any other country for a direct or indirect military participation in any proposed or possible military action against Syria”.

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