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