TOKYO, April 7 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced support on Friday for
U.S. military strikes against Syria after it launched deadly chemical weapons on a rebel-held
area earlier this week.
"Many innocent people became victims from the chemical attacks. The international community
was shocked by the tragedy that left many young children among the victims," Abe told reporters.
"Japan supports the U.S. government's determination to prevent the spread and use of
chemical weapons," he said.
In an escalation of the U.S. military role in Syria, two American warships fired dozens of
cruise missiles from the eastern Mediterranean Sea at an airbase controlled by President Bashar
al-Assad's forces that the Pentagon says was used to store chemical weapons.
(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko, writing by Malcolm Foster)