Friday, July 27, 2018
Donald Trump could be ready to order a strike against Iran, Australian Government figures say
- Senior Government figures say Australian defence facilities would likely play a role in identifying possible targets
- But another senior source, in security, emphasises there is a difference between providing intelligence and "active targeting"
- Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he has no reason to believe the US is preparing for a confrontation
- It comes amid intense sabre-rattling by US President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.
The ABC has been told Australian defence facilities would likely play a role in identifying targets in Iran, as would British intelligence agencies.
But a senior security source emphasised there was a big difference between providing accurate intelligence and analysis on Iran's facilities and being part of a "kinetic" mission.
"Developing a picture is very different to actually participating in a strike," the source said.
"Providing intelligence and understanding as to what is happening on the ground so that the Government and allied governments are fully informed to make decisions is different to active targeting."
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