Australia backs US strike on Syria The United States has not asked Australia for extra military support after launching a tit for tat oakley bottlecap sunglasses missile strike on a Syrian air base following a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians.
US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis advised Defence Minister Marise Payne by phone before the 59 Tomahawk missiles were launched at the government controlled Shayrat base from destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea late Friday morning (AEST). The targets were aircraft, buildings, petrol tanks and radar installations at an airfield believed to have been used by Syrian leader Bashar al Assad's forces to launch the attack. It's the toughest direct US action yet in Syria's six year civil war and raises the oakley con risk of confrontation with Russia and Iran Assad's two main military backers. Mr Turnbull said Australia was not involved in the strike but remained fully committed as a coalition partner to 'ongoing military operations in Iraq and Syria' and finding a resolution to the civil war. 'The use of these (chemical) weapons under any circumstance is illegal and abhorrent. It is a violation of international law. It is a war crime. It is a blatant contravention of basic principles of humanity,' he said. Asked about the prospect of further action, Mr Turnbull said it was a single strike designed to send the strongest possible signal such conduct would not be tolerated. 'We are not at war with the Assad regime and the United States have made it clear that they are not seeking to overthrow the Assad regime,' he said. The United Nations Security Council is at an impasse over the issue because of Russian support for Assad. The chemical weapons attack killed at least 80 Syrian people, many of them women and children. 'As a parent, a grandparent, everyone weeps when you see this sort of inhumanity, this cruelty,' Mr Turnbull said. US President Donald Trump said Assad had 'choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children'. 'Tonight I call on all civilised nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria,' he in a televised statement. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton expects the refugee situation to deteriorate further and noted 6.5 million people had been displaced by the civil conflict.
Labor leader Bill Shorten said his party supported the strike as 'appropriate and proportionate' but added further action was needed by the United Nations. 'We support the US sending a strong signal that these gas attacks should have never occurred and they should never occur again.' 'The horror of the chemical mens oakley sunglasses weapons attack in Syria this week requires a credible, independent oakley sunglasses google shop investigation, not a random barrage of missiles ordered by a clueless president,' he said.
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