Iran: Israel would be at risk if Assad falls

A senior Iranian official warned the US that Israel’s security would be at risk should the US and its allies seek to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian confirmed that his country and the US exchanged messages over the fight against the militant Islamic State group.

Iran has backed Assad during Syria’s three-year civil war. The US has called for Assad to resign and rules out cooperating with his government in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Abdollahian’s comments were the first time a senior Iranian official confirmed that Iran and the US had discussed fighting the Islamic State group.

(Photo: A picture of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is displayed on a damaged structure at the entrance of al-Dukhaneya neighborhood near Damascus, as civilians carry their belongings recovered from their homes after soldiers loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad regained control of the area from rebel fighters October 7, 2014. Reuters/Omar Sanadiki)

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