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Israel Launches Retaliatory Strike in Iran as U.S. Issues New Sanctions Against Tehran

HeadlineApr 19, 2024

Israel launched a drone attack on Iran, according to Israeli and Iranian sources. Tehran said the strike hit a military air base near the city of Isfahan, where explosions could be heard. The damage was reportedly minimal, and Iranian forces later downed three Israeli drones. The attack early this morning came in response to Iran’s recent drone and missile attack on Israel. It comes less than three weeks after Israel attacked an Iranian diplomatic site in Syria, killing multiple people, including senior military officials. There were early reports of possible strikes inside Syria and Iraq, as well, but those have not been confirmed.

Earlier Thursday, the U.S. announced new sanctions on Iran, targeting its missile and drone programs and various military entities and individuals. The EU and the U.K. are also imposing new sanctions against Iran. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a G7 meeting in Italy earlier today the U.S. was “not involved” in any offensive operation by Israel, though it’s been reported the U.S. received advance notice of the attack from Israel.

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