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Washington on high alert as Iran-Israel shadow war spurs chance of wider Middle east conflict. 

Amid escalating tensions in the Middle East, the United States finds itself on high alert, bracing for the possibility of a wider conflict triggered by the ongoing Iran-Israel shadow war. The recent incident involving a suspected Israeli strike that resulted in the death of an Iranian military commander and several advisors has heightened anxieties, prompting Tehran to ready a response. Meanwhile, Hezbollah, Iran’s principal proxy in the region, has issued a stern warning to Israel, indicating its preparedness for potential conflict.

Iran’s cautionary message to the United States advises American leadership to exercise prudence and avoid being drawn into potential provocations orchestrated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In turn, the US has urged Iran to refrain from targeting American facilities, reaffirming its commitment to supporting Israel’s defense against threats originating from Iran.

President Joe Biden has engaged in discussions regarding the situation with Netanyahu during a recent phone call, with reports suggesting ongoing communication between the two countries’ respective teams. The heightened state of vigilance in the US follows intelligence reports indicating a potential attack expected in the coming week.

The recent Israeli airstrike on Iran’s consulate in Damascus, which resulted in the fatalities of several Iranians, including two generals, has further fueled tensions in the region. While Israel has previously targeted Iran-linked assets in Syria, this strike marked the first direct attack on an Iranian diplomatic facility.

In response to the perceived heightened threat, Israel has taken proactive defensive measures, including the cancellation of home leave for combat troops, activation of reserves, and bolstering air defenses. Additionally, the country implemented measures to disrupt potential GPS-guided threats by scrambling navigational signals over Tel Aviv.

The root causes of the ongoing shadow conflict between Iran and Israel date back to Iran’s Islamic revolution in 1979. Since then, Iran has consistently maintained an anti-Israel stance, aligning itself with militant groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine. This enduring animosity continues to fuel tensions in the region, raising concerns about the potential for further escalation and a broader conflict.

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