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WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States would not participate in any Israeli counter-offensive against Iran, US officials said on Sunday.

Iran launched hundreds of drones and missiles at Israel on Saturday night in response to a suspected Israeli attack on Iran’s Syria consulate on April 1.

In a statement issued late on Saturday following the attacks, Biden said he told Netanyahu that Israel had “demonstrated a remarkable capacity to defend against and defeat even unprecedented attacks.”

Biden did not say in the statement if he and Netanyahu discussed a possible Israeli response or potential US involvement.

“We believe Israel has freedom of action to protect itself and defend itself, in Syria or elsewhere… That’s a long-standing policy and that remains, but no we would not envision ourselves participating in such a thing,” one senior US administration official said. John Kirby, the White House’s top national security spokesperson, told ABC’s

“This Week” program on Sunday that the United States will continue to help Israel defend itself, but does not want war with Iran.

US military destroyed 80 drones, 6 missiles launched from Iran, Yemen, US Centcom says

Asked if the United States would support retaliation from Israel in Iran, Kirby said that “our commitment is ironclad” to defending Israel and to “helping Israel defend itself.”

“And as the president has said many times, we don’t seek a wider war in the region. We don’t seek a war with Iran. And I think I will leave it at that,” Kirby added.

“We don’t seek escalated tensions in the region. We don’t seek a wider conflict,” Kirby said.

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SAMIR SARDANA Apr 16, 2024 12:51am
TO HIT IRAN - IAF HAS TO FLY OVER SYRIA,TURKEY,SAUDIA TO HIT ENRIHCMENT SITES - IAF NEEDS BUNKER BUSTER BOMBS ! WILL SAUDI ALLOW IAF TO OVERFLY AND EXIT ? OR WLL IAF FLY VIA TURKEY ? SAMIR SARDANA
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Izhar Apr 16, 2024 05:05pm
It was a golden chance for US to get rid of Zionism but they used the same diplomatic language of colonial imperialism before jumping in WW2 but the world is not what it had been in WW2
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Izhar Apr 16, 2024 05:08pm
US would be nowhere with its ironclad policing of the world. Israel is an implant introduced in the firm of occupational Force for the destabilized middle east.
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