AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Trump Briefed Turnbull Before Syria Air strikes

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By Politicoscope April 7, 2017 14:00

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Trump Briefed Turnbull Before Syria Air strikes

Malcolm Turnbull was briefed early this morning by US officials that Donald Trump had ordered air strikes against a Syrian airbase in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons against civilians in what the Prime Minister has described as a “shocking war crime”.

The Australian understands that the Prime Minister received a call before 7am this morning from White House officials to brief him on the impending military action which involved the launch of between 50 and 60 Tomahawk missiles from US warships operating in the Middle East.

Australian defence officials in the Australian base in UAE the Middle East were also alerted to the US operation due the RAAF’s role in ongoing Coalition operations against ISIS in Syria.

US officials have confirmed to The Australian that Russian President Vladimir Putin had also been given notice before the missile strikes were approved.

Mr Turnbull said this morning after the briefing that Russia needed to take its own action against Syria, claiming it had not done enough.

Mr Turnbull earlier said the chemical attack in Syria was a “war crime of the worst sort” that “cries out for a strong response.”

The Prime Minister told Radio 3AW there did not appear to be any doubt that Syrian government forces were behind the attack.

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“This is a war crime of the worst sort, it is inhuman and it has been universally condemned,” Mr Turnbull said.

Mr Turnbull said Russia, as Syria’s principal backer, has a responsibility to act and had yet to act appropriately.

– australian


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