Tensions escalate: Trump hits back at Syria - ANZ

Geopolitical tensions escalated over the weekend after president Trump (in conjunction with the UK and France) followed through with his threat to hit back at Syria for its use of chemical weapons.

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"While it might be the end of this particular response, Trump has indicated that the US is ready to continue in this fashion should Assad continue to use chemical weapons. Trump also called out Iran and Russia for their support of Assad, stating “the nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep”.

"Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected to announce fresh sanctions on Russia, which are said to be targeted at companies “dealing with equipment related to Assad and chemical weapons use”."

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