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WORLD_ 'Australian government strongly supports' US Syria strike: Turnbull


7 Apr 2017 - 10:14pm

'Australian government strongly supports' US Syria strike: Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed the US airstrike on Syria.

By Kerrie Armstrong
7 Apr 2017 - 2:22 PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has thrown his support behind the US's airstrike on a Syrian government airfield.

"We can say that the Australian government strongly supports the swift and just response of the United States," he said.

"The affect of the American response has been to reduce the ability of the Syrian government to deliver chemical weapons in the shocking manner in which they did a few days ago.

"This was a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response. It sends a strong message to the Assad regime, and as I said, has been struck at the very airfield from which the chemical attack was delivered.

"Australia was not involved in the strike but we remain fully committed as a coalition partner to our ongoing military operations in Iraq and Syria."

The US launched the attack in response to the April 4 chemical attack on Syrian civilians.


"This was a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response."


The Syrian government has denied being the source of the attack, but leaders around the world have placed the blame with Bashar al Assad and his regime.

Mr Turnbull further condemned the Syrian chemical weapons attack on civilians saying it was "a blatant contravention of basic principles of humanity".

"These crimes against humanity, shocking and horrific even in the context of the Syrian conflict zone, cannot be committed with impunity," he said.

"The perpetrators must be held to account. We have called on the Security Council to address this matter as soon as possible.

"Regrettably, as we have seen, the Security Council is once again at an impasse due to the position of the Assad regime supporter, Russia."

The US government has declared the attack damaged aircraft, equipment and support infrastructure at the airfield and would limit the government's future ability to deploy chemical weapons.

US President Donald Trump said the airfield had been the launching pad for the chemical attack.



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