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IDF Preparing for Possible Attacks by Iranian Proxies

US Officials Fan Out in Region

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24 Jun 2019 (All day)
IDF Preparing for Possible Attacks by Iranian Proxies
Amidst a spike in tensions between the US and Iran over the weekend, the IDF is reportedly beefing up its own preparations to respond to potential threats from Iranian-backed proxy groups in the Gaza Strip, Syria and Lebanon. Meanwhile, senior Trump Administration officials were fanning out across the region on Monday, including a visit to Israel by US National Security Adviser John Bolton who arrived in Jerusalem Sunday evening to prepare for a tri-lateral meeting Monday afternoon with his Israeli and Russian counterparts, Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Nikolai Patrushev.

Here is the video of a joint press appearance Sunday evening by Bolton and Netanyahu

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on his way to high-level meetings on Monday with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, telling reporters as he boarded his aircraft in Washingtion that "We’ll be talking with them about how to make sure that we are all strategically aligned and how we can build out a global coalition, a coalition not only throughout the Gulf states but in Asia and in Europe prepared to push back against the world's largest state sponsor of terror."

"We're prepared to negotiate (with Iran) with no preconditions," he added. "They know precisely how to find us. I am confident that at the very moment they're ready to truly engage with us we'll be able to begin these conversations. I'm looking forward to that day."

The trip follows a weekend which saw US President Donald Trump rescind an order to carry out strikes on Iran in retaliation for its downing of a surveillance drone over the Straits of Hormuz at the last minute, later explaining that he’d decided the casualties that would inevitably result from a shooting war between the US and Iran weren’t justified in response to the destruction of an unmanned aircraft.

Iranian officials also mocked Washington for what they said was a failed attempt to launch a cyberattack in response to the shootdown of the drone.

“They try hard, but have not carried out a successful attack," Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran's minister for information and communications technology, said on Twitter. Elsewhere, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told reporters that the clerical regime doesn’t fear American threats of new sanctions “as all sanctions ... have been imposed and there are no more sanctions left."

"If a conflict breaks out in the region, no country would be able to manage its scope and timing," Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Major General Gholamali Rashid added. "The American government must act responsibly to protect the lives of American troops by avoiding misconduct in the region."


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