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US Syria strikes ‘unequivocal’ message: PM

US President Donald Trump’s announcement of precision strikes in Syria send an unequivocal message to the Assad regime, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.

President Trump announced a combined operation with Britain and France on Saturday to target Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities after a poison gas attack killed at least 60 people in Douma last week.

“The use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances is illegal and utterly reprehensible. The Assad regime must not be allowed to commit such crimes with impunity,” Mr Turnbull said in a statement on Saturday.

“Russia must fulfil its responsibilities as a permanent member of the Security Council and not obstruct UNSC responses to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

“Russia and Syria’s other main supporter, Iran, must place pressure on the regime to end its abuse of international law and human rights.”


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