Following a week of military build-up, the UK has announced that it will not join the air-strikes on Syria. France will support military action, and started sending attack vessels to the Mediterranean. In an election year, Germany will not join the airstrike. France24 reports that Russian warships are on their way to Syria as well. Although an ally of Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, Russia will withdraw the military personnel from its military base in the Syrian port of Tartus.