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Unprecedented Iranian attack on Israel a 'Spectacular failure', White House claims

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In an unexpected turn of events, an Iranian assault against Israel, described by the White House as an "unprecedented" and "spectacular failure," unfolded over the weekend. 

John Kirby © FGD

In an unexpected turn of events, an Iranian assault against Israel, described by the White House as an "unprecedented" and "spectacular failure," unfolded over the weekend. 

The attack, which involved hundreds of missiles and drones, occurred in the wake of a deadly assault on Iran's consulate in Damascus, widely attributed to Israel.

John Kirby, a spokesperson for the U.S. executive, addressed the media during a press conference at the White House on April 15, 2024. Kirby dismissed claims circulating within Iranian circles that the failure of the attack was intentional and meant to prepare Israel by limiting potential damage. "All of this is categorically false," Kirby stated emphatically.

He elaborated on the reasons behind the unsuccessful offensive, crediting the combined efforts of Israeli defenses, the United States, and a coalition of partners committed to Israel's security. "This attack failed because Israel, the U.S., and a coalition of other committed partners made it fail," Kirby asserted.

Despite the failure, the severity of the attack was underscored by the large volume of weaponry deployed. "Let's be clear: given the scale of this attack, Iran's intention was undoubtedly to cause significant destruction and casualties," Kirby added.

Thanks to the robust Israeli anti-aircraft defense systems, with the aid of the United States and other allied countries, nearly all the missiles and drones were intercepted, preventing what could have been a catastrophic outcome.

The incident has escalated tensions in a region already fraught with conflict, prompting international concern over potential repercussions and the future of diplomatic relations in the Middle East.

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