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Biden convenes security meeting over Iranian attack

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FILE PHOTO. Joe Biden, @VincentOshana, X (Twitter).

Washington has responded to the latest salvo in the Middle East by reiterating its “ironclad” support for Israel’s security.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has reacted to an Iranian drone attack against Israel by vowing steadfast support for West Jerusalem. The president cut short a weekend visit to his Delaware beach home, returning to the White House for consultations with his national security advisers.

“President Biden has been clear: Our support for Israel’s security is ironclad,” US National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said on Saturday in a White House statement. “The United States will stand with the people of Israel and support their defense against these threats from Iran.”

The statement was issued shortly after Iran launched a swarm of suicide drones against Israel on Saturday night, in apparent retaliation for a missile strike that killed seven military officers at its consulate in Damascus earlier this month. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed the drone raid, saying it was launched from within Iranian territory.

Watson said the attack is “likely to unfold over a number of hours.” Biden is receiving regular updates on the situation from his national security advisers. “His team is in constant communication with Israeli officials, as well as other partners and allies,” the spokeswoman added.”

Hours before the drones were launched, Biden cut short a weekend visit to his Delaware beach home, returning to the White House for consultations with his advisers on fears of an “imminent” Iranian strike against Israel.

US defense chief Lloyd Austin spoke with his Israeli counterpart, Yoav Gallant, in a telephone call earlier on Saturday. Their conversation concerned “urgent regional threats” and “unwavering US support for Israel’s defense,” Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said. “Secretary Austin made clear that Israel could count on full US support to defend Israel against any attacks by Iran and its regional proxies.”

Iranian-backed militias have ramped up attacks against Israeli and US assets across the Middle East since the Israel-Hamas war began last October. Iranian forces seized an Israeli-operated container ship in the Persian Gulf around midday on Saturday.

Tehran has vowed to take revenge against Israel for the April 1 airstrike on its Syria consulate. Shortly after Saturday’s drone attack began, the X (formerly Twitter) account of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reposted a clip from the Iranian supreme leader’s speech on Wednesday denouncing the missile strike.

“When they attack our consulate, it is as if they have attacked our soil,” Khamenei said in the speech. “The malicious regime made a mistake on this matter, and it must be punished and will be punished.”

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  1. Get the feeling the world doesn’t care what the US thinks anymore? Well get used to it US establishment, lots of people are disgusted by you and the actions of your rabid vassals, like Israel….

  2. It will be interesting to see how Israel responds to this attack. Iran was also behind the genocide and butchery that occurred on 7 October 2023 in Israel: An Iranian official on Iranian state TV has stated as much.

    The Iranian/Persian people are actually good people and hate the Mullah regime: Most of the population in Iran were born after the 1979 revolution. I would like to see Israel and/or the US aid the Iranian people over-throw the Mullahs. Perhaps supply weapons and training in forming militias, then take on the Basij and then the IRGC and finally Hezbollah in Lebanon. I would love to see the Iranian people chasing the Mullahs whilst holding baseball bats and planks of wood: That would be “poetry in motion”.

    It is interesting to note that in 2014, when the Iranian people had an uprising, they specifically asked US President Obama for help, and he refused.

    I also wonder if the US Military, regardless of the US Federal government, still considers that a score needs to be settled after 241 US Marines were murdered by a truck bomb at the US base in Lebanon in 1983.

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