WELP: Malcolm Turnbull Is Hinting We’ll Follow Trump’s Lead On Syria


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has all but confirmed that Australia will be following the United States’ lead on the Syrian conflict, after President Donald Trump’s administration oversaw a missile strike on a Homs airbase earlier this afternoon. 

Speaking to 3AW Radio following the strike, Turnbull said he “can’t go into any more detail” regarding Australia’s response to a nerve gas attack which killed scores of Syrian civilians earlier this week.

However, he said the gas attack, which is widely believed to have been perpetrated by the ruling Bashar al-Assad regime, “cries out for a strong response.”

Regarding that response, Turnbull said Australia remains in “close and constant communication with our allies, in particular the United States.”

The Prime Minister confirmed he’s spoken to Defence Minister Marise Payne and Chief of the Australian Defence Force Mark Binskin regarding the matter.
If the conflict escalates – and if our defence force does fully align itself with further American military interventions – Australia may be dragged even deeper into one of the most complex conflicts of the modern age.

Source: The Guardian.
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