US defense chief Austin presses Gallant on ‘regional stability’

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin spoke by phone with Israeli counterpart Yoav Gallant, the Pentagon says, to discuss the massive Iranian attack early Sunday and its aftermath, with the US urging Jerusalem not to launch a counter-strike.

Austin “reiterated steadfast US support for Israel’s defense and reaffirmed the strategic goal of regional stability,” the statement reads.

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