Friday, July 27, 2018

Donald Trump could be ready to order a strike against Iran, Australian Government figures say

Senior figures in the Turnbull Government have told the ABC they believe the United States is prepared to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, perhaps as early as next month, and that Australia is poised to help identify possible targets.

Key points:

 - 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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1 comment:

  1. US has always been strict to some of the countries like Iran. It is interesting to know that the Australian Defence facilities would help to identify the targets in Iran. This Trump News is worth sharing. Trump is really strict when it comes to safeguard the citizens of United States.

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