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The United States has reportedly approved a plan to attack Iran-linked targets in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for the killing of three soldiers five days ago.
US broadcaster CBS News reported on Thursday that the White House has approved the targeting of Iranian personnel and facilities inside the two countries in response to the drone attack on Sunday at the Tower 22 base near the border between Syria and Jordan.
The US has said its military response could be multitiered and take place over several days. US officials have said their strikes could take place over several days, have multiple targets, and be sustained over time.
Both Iran and the US have said they wish to avoid escalating the military fallout of Israel's war, which has spread to include Israel's border fighting with Lebanon's Hezbollah and Yemen's Houthi attacks on Red Sea shipping and US and United Kingdom vessels.