Blinken: US committed to ‘de-escalating’ Israel-Iran tensions following Israeli retaliation

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States is focused on de-escalating the heightened tension between Israel and Iran following the former’s retaliatory attack on the latter.

Israel reportedly launched a strike that hit a military site in central Iran overnight early Friday morning. The strike represents a limited response to Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel last week, and it demonstrates Israel’s ability to hit targets within Iran’s borders, which is a development given Israel’s previous hesitation to aim at targets in Iran.

Israeli officials have not publicly commented on the strike, while Iranian officials have sought to downplay its significance. Iranian state media reported that Iranian air defense systems intercepted “three small drones” in Isfahan province.

Blinken denied U.S. involvement in the strike early Friday morning, saying, “The United States has not been involved in any offensive
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