Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has approved plans to deploy troops, aircraft and a warship to support French airstrikes against Islamic State. Opposition parties question the effectiveness and legality of the campaign.
Syria's state news agency had reported that experts from the OPCW had already entered the site of an alleged chemical attack. But Syria's UN ambassador said only a UN security team has so far entered the besieged town.
The US is to leave Syria "as soon as possible," the White House has said. The comment came just hours after the French president claimed he had convinced Trump otherwise in a major TV interview.
The prime minister responded to allegations that she was "riding the coat-tails" of the United States. She argued the UK had to re-establish the global consensus against chemical weapons.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the German government supports the joint airstrikes in retaliation for the Syrian government's suspected use of chemical weapons. Some other German politicians have different views.
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