Kiwis overwhelmingly against NZ being dragged into Syria conflict as English says he 'wouldn't rule it out'




New Zealanders are overwhelmingly against this country being dragged into any future US intervention in the Syrian civil war if responses to a 1 NEWS Facebook poll are anything to go by.

Bill English is quizzed about possible military involvement by NZ.
Source: Breakfast

Speaking on TVNZ 1's Breakfast today, Prime Minister Bill English said he wouldn't "rule it out completely" getting involved in a US military response to the Syria conflict.

"I wouldn't rule it out completely but ... we'd be quite cautious," Mr English said.

"This is a situation where it's not obvious what the path to success is."

1 NEWS asked in the poll if New Zealand should join the US military in future responses to the Syrian conflict?

Four hours later, 3429 had answered "no" with just 336 saying "yes" to the idea of aiding the US in Syria.

It's unclear what President Trump's next move will be over Syria after the US launched a missile strike on Syrian government targets in response to a chemical weapons attack on Tuesday that killed dozens of civilians.

The chemical attack is thought to have been carried out by Syrian government forces.

Mr English says New Zealand hasn't had any requests from the US over any military action against the Syria regime.

"We haven't had any requests and so far no indications there would be a request," he said.

"If there was one we'd consider it, but we'd be pretty cautious."

A civil war has been raging in Syria since 2011 with rebel groups fighting against President Bashar al-Assad's government forces.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates between 320,000-450,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

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