April 7, 2017 / 10:13 AM / 2 years ago

Germany says U.S. informed it of missile strikes shortly before launch

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States informed Germany shortly before it launched missile strikes on a Syrian airbase from which Washington said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched this week, a German government spokesman said on Friday.

“The U.S. government informed the chancellery and defense minister during the night,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference.

A spokesman for the defense ministry added: “The defense minister was informed about the strikes by her American colleague James Mattis shortly beforehand.”

A spokesman for Germany’s Foreign Ministry said the United States had given Berlin the impression during the contact overnight that this was a targeted and limited attack.

Reporting by Paul Carrel and Michelle Martin

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