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Iran Signaled Its Intentions Prior To Launching Its Attack on Israel

April 15, 2024 (EIRNS)—Iran apparently took broad steps prior to the attack to inform surrounding countries what their intentions were. A Turkish diplomatic source told Reuters that Iran informed Türkiye in advance of its planned operation against Israel. The Turkish source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan had spoken to both his U.S. and Iranian counterparts in the past week to discuss the planned Iranian operation, adding Ankara had been made aware of possible developments.

Earlier this week, Reuters notes, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Fidan to make clear that escalation in the Middle East was not in anyone’s interest. “Iran informed us in advance of what would happen. Possible developments also came up during the meeting with Blinken, and they (the U.S.) conveyed to Iran through us that this reaction must be within certain limits,” the source said. “In response, Iran said the reaction would be a response to Israel’s attack on its embassy in Damascus and that it would not go beyond this.”

Türkiye’s Foreign Ministry later confirmed the contacts in a statement, saying Ankara had called for restraint and warned of a regional war if tensions escalated further.

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