US may bomb Iran's nuclear facilities - media

US may bomb Iran's nuclear facilities - media

The United States is prepared to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, perhaps as early as August, senior figures in the Turnbull Government said, adding that Australia is poised to help identify possible targets.

Australian defence facilities would likely play a role in identifying targets in Iran, as would British intelligence agencies, ABC reported, citing a senior security source.

"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."

The top-secret Pine Gap joint defence facility in the Northern Territory is considered crucial among the so-called "Five Eyes" intelligence partners — the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand — for its role in directing American spy satellites.

An Australian Government source said when it came to Iran, Australia relied on intelligence sourced from its Five Eyes partners, not Israel.

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