Blinken says US concerned about ‘Iranian proxies’ attacking Americans, Israel

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves as he boards a plane, October 11, 2023, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, en route to Israel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves as he boards a plane, October 11, 2023, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, en route to Israel. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says that the US is deeply concerned about Iran escalating the current Israel-Hamas war.

“We are concerned at the possibility of Iranian proxies escalating their attacks against our own personnel, our own people,” Blinken says on CBS News. “We expect there is a likelihood of escalation.”

“No one should take advantage of this moment to escalate to further attacks on Israel or, for that matter, attacks on us on our personnel,” he says.

Blinken says the United States, which has sent two carrier groups to the eastern Mediterranean, is “taking every measure to make sure that we can defend them. And if necessary, respond decisively.”

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