US on high alert over Iran threat in region after Israeli attack

US on high alert over Iran threat in region after Israeli attack

The United States is inmaximum alert and preparing for a possible attack by Iran against Israeli or American assets in the region in response to Israel's attack on the Iranian embassy in Syria, a US official said on Friday.

“We are definitely in a high state of surveillance,” the official said, confirming a CNN report that said an attack could occur next week.

Suspected Israeli warplanes bombed Iran's embassy in Damascus on Monday in an attack that killed an Iranian military commanderí and marked a major escalation in Israel's war with its regional adversaries.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has said seven Iranian military advisers were killed in the attack, including Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a senior commander of its Quds Force, which is an elite paramilitary and foreign espionage arm.

Iran has said it reserves the right to “give a decisive response.”

US President Joe Biden discussed the threat from Iran in a phone call Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Our teams have been in regular and ongoing contact since then. The United States fully supports Israel's defense against threats from Iran,” a senior Biden administration official said.