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Israel informed the United States before drone strikes in Isfahan: US media

According to US media reports, the United States received advanced notice of Israel’s reported strike on Iran but did not support or participate in the operation.

NBC and CNN cited sources familiar with the situation and a US official, respectively, who stated that Israel had informed Washington beforehand about the strike. Multiple networks quoted officials confirming the strike within Iran, with CNN specifying that the target was not a nuclear facility.

On Thursday, Israel informed the United States of its intention to retaliate against Iran in the coming days, as relayed by a senior US official to CNN. However, the official clarified that the US did not endorse Israel’s response.

Following reports of explosions near Isfahan, Iran activated its air defense system across several cities, as reported by state media. Israel had previously warned of retaliation after Iran launched hundreds of missiles and drones targeting Israel over the weekend, most of which were intercepted. This barrage occurred after an attack on Iran’s consulate in Damascus, which was widely attributed to Israel.

Tehran’s major airports resumed flights on Friday after a brief suspension, according to state media.

Commercial flights altered their routes over western Iran early Friday morning, with some flights avoiding Isfahan, Shiraz, and Tehran airspace, as reported by state media. Iranian officials stated that while air defenses had intercepted several drones, there had been no missile attacks reported so far.

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