Serhat TUNAR –TDO- The top US intelligence official has warned Israel about the consequences of continuing its military attacks on Syrian territory. According to the official, the attacks could cause Iran, who has military bases in Syria, to attack against Israel.
Speaking at a hearing of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington on Tuesday, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said that Israel’s continued aerial assaults against Syria would increase the risk of Iran’s retaliation.
“We assess that Iran seeks to avoid a major armed conflict with Israel,” Coats said. “However, Israeli strikes that result in Iranian casualties increase the likelihood of Iranian conventional retaliation against Israel.”
Coats also raised his concerns about “the long-term trajectory of Iranian influence in the region and the risk that conflict will escalate.”