US and UK forces help shoot down Iranian drones over Jordan, Syria and Iraq | Israel

A hastily formed coalition including the United States and Britain helped Israel shoot down Iranian drones over Jordan, Iraq and Syria in an effort to blunt the attack and prevent an uncontrolled escalation.

As a massive salvo of Iranian drones and cruise missiles nears the border, Israel scrambles fighter jets to intercept the incoming projectiles, an effort that has surpassed that of partner and neighboring countries, according to Israeli media reports. I also received support.

Joe Biden said the US was building up troops in preparation for a widely telegraphed attack and the reinforcements were a success.

“At my direction, the U.S. military moved aircraft and a ballistic missile defense destroyer to the region last week to support the defense of Israel,” Biden said in a written statement. “Thanks to these deployments and the extraordinary skill of our military personnel, we helped Israel shoot down nearly all of the drones and missiles that came our way.”

Royal Air Force fighter jets and tanker planes also took part, taking off from a base in Cyprus. According to the Ministry of Defense, their role was to represent the US Air Force on sorties against the Islamic State, usually carried out over Iraq and north-east Syria, but in the event Iranian drones entered UK areas. It is said that there were times when they intercepted the enemy. of operation.

“In response to the growing threat from Iran and the increasing risk of escalation in the Middle East, the UK Government is working with partners across the region to encourage de-escalation and deter further attacks.” Ministry of Defense statement Said.

“We have moved several further Royal Air Force jets and aerial refueling tankers into the area. These will strengthen the UK’s existing anti-Daesh operation, Operation Shader, in Iraq and Syria. Furthermore, these British warplanes will intercept any airborne attacks within their existing missions, if necessary.”

Reuters, citing two regional security sources, said Jordanian warplanes shot down dozens of Iranian drones that were flying toward Israel across northern and central Jordan.

The report said the drone was lowered over the eastern bank of the Jordan River and headed in the direction of Jerusalem, while the other drone was intercepted near the Iraq-Syria border.

There was no confirmation from the Jordanian government about its military role. Iranian news agency Fars quoted sources as saying Tehran’s regime was closely monitoring Jordan’s actions and that the Arab state could become its “next target” if Jordan acted to protect Israel. I told you.

The Biden administration sent Gen. Eric Kurilla, the commander of U.S. Central Command, to Israel this week to help coordinate defenses against an attack on Iran. Kurilla reportedly left the country shortly before his first drone was launched.

The Biden administration is seeking to not only fulfill U.S. defense commitments to Israel but also prevent an uncontrolled escalation that could lead to regional war. U.S. officials said the ability to contain Israel’s response largely depended on the extent of the damage inside Israel and the number of casualties from the Iranian attack.