Blinken: Iran’s attack on Israel demonstrates need for regional ‘integrated defense’

Israeli air defense systems intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel, April 14, 2024. (AP/Tomer Neuberg)
Israeli air defense systems intercept missiles fired from Iran, in central Israel, April 14, 2024. (AP/Tomer Neuberg)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tells Gulf Arabs that Iran’s confrontation with Israel showed the need for greater defense integration.

“This attack highlights the acute and growing threat from Iran, but also the imperative that we work together on integrated defense,” Blinken tells the Gulf Cooperation Council ministers meeting in Riyadh.

Iran launched its first-ever direct missile and drone attack against Israel on April 13-14 after an April 1 strike widely blamed on the Jewish state that leveled what Tehran said was a consulate in Damascus and killed seven Revolutionary Guards, two of them generals. Israel allegedly responded with a missile strike on an Iranian air defense unit inside Iran.

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