The Australian stock market closed more than one per cent lower as investors worried about the Syrian crisis sought to minimise risks.
At 1615 AEST official market close, the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index fell 1.05 per cent to 5,087.2 points, while the broader All Ordinaries index dropped 1.03 per cent to 5,078 points.
IG analyst Chris Weston said capital preservation was returning to global markets.
"Many of the positive trends of late are unfolding fairly rapidly," Mr Weston said.
"The world is transfixed on Syria and rightly so given the Syrian foreign minister’s comments that its defence would surprise the world."