US says drone strike on Eilat is further proof of danger from Iranian proxies

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller says the recent drone strike in Eilat by an Iraqi militia group is further proof of the danger posed by Iran-backed proxies committed to Israel’s destruction.

“We will continue to make clear to those groups, and to Iran, that is not in their interest to take strikes against Israel and is not in the interest to take strikes against the United States,” Miller says during a press briefing.

There are “ongoing conversations… with our Iraqi counterparts about the need to take action against proxy groups that launch attacks from inside Iraq,” he adds.

Separately, Miller asserts that the reported Israeli strike targeting senior Iranian operatives in Damascus should have no impact on the ongoing hostage talks.

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