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The United States is “in a state of heightened vigilance” after Iran announced retaliation for the Israeli airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Syria, American media reported on Saturday. The commanders of Iran's Al-Quds forces were killed in the shelling.

The United States is preparing for a possible attack by Iran, which could target American assets in the Middle East, CNN was the first to report, citing an interview with a representative of President Joe Biden's administration.

“We are definitely on high alert,” the high-ranking official emphasized. He also confirmed CNN's findings that an attack could be expected next week.

The Economist weekly reports that the retaliatory action may take place in Israel itself or be aimed at American facilities in the region.

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Israeli airstrike on Iran's consulate in SyriaReuters

Iran announces retaliation

The Iranian government said it would respond to the bombing of a building in Damascus that housed both the consulate and the residence of the Iranian ambassador. The raid was carried out on Monday and killed, among others, two Al-Quds commanders in Syria, Lebanon and Palestinian lands, Mohammad Reza Zahedi and his deputy Mohammad Hadi Haji Rahimi.

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The Haaretz daily reported that the announcement of Iranian retaliation caused Israeli residents to massively buy home power generators, stockpile water and food, and stripped store shelves on Thursday.

After the attack on the Iranian consulate, there is widespread fear that Tehran “has no choice but to react decisively to this insult and serious damage to its image,” writes “Haaret.” According to Israeli intelligence, “it is not certain whether the worst is behind us,” the daily reports.

Israeli airstrike on Iran's consulate in SyriaReuters

The end of the “shadow war”

“Haaretz” also estimates that the bombing of Iran's diplomatic mission means that Israel has moved from a “shadow war” with the Islamic Republic waged for years to a “direct and open attack on Iran.”

On Friday, Lebanese Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah announced Tehran's “inevitable revenge” against the Jewish state at “any distant date.”

Due to fears of retaliatory attacks, the Israeli Air Force called in reservists on Wednesday and increased combat readiness. A day later, holidays for soldiers of all combat units were suspended.

Iran supports Hezbollah financially and militarily, so Israel systematically attacks Iranian weapons supply routes. In 2006, the war between the Jewish state and Hezbollah was considered by some experts to be the first indirect conflict between Iran and Israel due to the scale of Iranian military aid.

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