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

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April 13,2024 06:47 PM
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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.

Washington, DC [US], April 13 (HBTV): 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.     

On 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 defense of Israel, CNN reported.   

"We are devoted to the defense 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. 

The US and several other countries, including India, Britain and France, issued new travel guidelines for government employees in Israel as the Iranian threat loomed.       

"In view of the prevailing situation in the region, all Indians are advised not to travel to Iran or Israel till further notice. All those who are currently residing in Iran or Israel are requested to get in touch with Indian Embassies there and register themselves," the Ministry of External Affairs stated in an official release.     

"We're watching this very, very closely," said John Kirby, the US National Security Council spokesman, who declined to provide information about the expected timing of the threat.    

The US will attempt to intercept any weapons launched towards Israel, if it's feasible to do so, two officials in Washington told CNN, an indication of the level of ongoing cooperation between the two militaries. 

(ANI) This is a syndicated news feed. HBTV has edited it for clarity.