The CIA held a multilateral meeting in Paris with the intelligence services of Israel, Egypt, and Qatar.
US President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the United States would “respond” after three US soldiers were killed and dozens wounded in an overnight drone attack in northeastern Jordan. Biden blamed Iranian-backed militias for the first American deaths after months of attacks on groups of US forces across the Middle East since the start of the Gaza war.
Biden, who is traveling in South Carolina (USA), asked for a moment of silence during a speech in the banquet hall of a Baptist church. “Last night we had a difficult day in the Middle East. “We lost three brave souls in an attack on one of our bases,” he said. After a moment of silence, Biden added, “And we will respond.”
With the growing risk of military escalation in the region, the US is trying to identify the specific group responsible for the attack, although it is one of several groups supported by Iran, according to the first assessment in the US.
Biden said in a statement that the United States “will hold everyone accountable at a time and in a way we choose.” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, “We will take all necessary steps to protect the United States, our troops, and our interests.”
For its part, Israel launched a new series of airstrikes and artillery bombardments against Lebanon on Sunday. The Israeli Army reported that its forces attacked several “terrorist infrastructure objects” belonging to the Shiite group Hezbollah, confirming the deaths of at least three of its members.
As Biden called for “responsiveness,” CIA chief Bill Burns held a multilateral meeting in Paris on Sunday with officials from the intelligence services of Israel, Egypt, and Qatar. Before the meeting, senior Biden administration officials cited by the AP talked about “a potential deal that would happen in two phases.”The women, elderly, and injured hostages “will be released in a first phase lasting 30 days,” although hardly any details have emerged about the talks held in mediation. by the CIA.
Similarly, many groups in Israel are planning a consolidation of post-war reforms. On Sunday in Jerusalem, a conference brought together thousands of participants, calling for the return of Jewish settlements in Gaza and the northern West Bank. All settlements in the Gaza Strip were abandoned in 2005, in accordance with Ariel Sharon’s “unilateral withdrawal” plan.