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The Iraqi government has said it will not allow its airspace or territory be used in any action against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“We do not agree to any use of our airspace … to attack any neighbouring country…,” a spokesman for the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose identity was not revealed, said on Monday, AFP reported. 

“Our position is fixed on this subject,” he added. 

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

The remarks were made after the recent war rhetoric by US officials about a possible attack on Syria over Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons in the country.

On August 21, the head of the so-called opposition Syrian National Coalition, George Sabra, claimed that 1,300 people were killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.

The Syrian government, however, has vehemently rejected the allegation, saying the foreign-backed militants had carried out the attack.

The US Department of Defense has said Washington is ready for military action if US President Barack Obama gives the go ahead.

On Saturday, Obama held high-level talks with his security aides over a range of potential options.

The White House has said the president is still undecided. But international opponents of the Syrian government are pushing for an offensive. France and Israel have called for military action.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.