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US President Joe Biden says he expects Iran to attack Israel 'sooner than later'

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 April 2024, 8:26 IST
US President Joe Biden

Washington, DC [US]: Amid fears of the ongoing hostilities in Gaza devolving into a larger Middle-Eastern conflict, US President Joe Biden on Friday said he expects Iran to attack Israel 'sooner than later', CNN reported.

"I don't want to get into secure information but my expectation is sooner than later," Biden told reporters when asked how imminent an Iranian attack on Israel would be.

As has been reported globally, Tehran vowed revenge after Israel launched airstrikes on the Iranian embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, taking out three top military generals.

In his message to Iran at this time, the US President said, "Don't."
In response to more shouted questions from reporters in the White House, asking if American troops were at risk, Biden returned to the podium saying that the United States was 'devoted' to the defence of Israel, CNN reported.

"We are devoted to the defence of Israel. We will support Israel we will help defend Israel and Iran will not succeed," Biden said.

The US has been on high alert for a significant Iranian retaliatory attack on Israel in recent days, as fears grow of a wider regional war. There remains a "real, credible and viable" threat of Iran launching strikes, the White House said on Friday, following Israel's attack on an Iranian diplomatic compound in Syria last week, killing three Iranian generals.

Biden, who warned this week that Iran was threatening a 'significant attack' on Israel, has been receiving constant updates on the situation from his national security team.


First published: 13 April 2024, 8:26 IST