Israel secretly coordinates Syria airstrikes with the US –WSJ — Analysis
America is making sure the IDF attacks don’t interfere with their operations in the country, US officials claim
According to the Wall Street Journal, Israeli strikes on targets linked with Iran in Syria were secretly approved by the US military.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), have been co-coordinating attacks against Syrian targets with US Central Command and the Pentagon, citing former and current US officials.
The dialogue was reportedly needed to ensure raids by Israeli jets didn’t interfere with the operations of the US contingent, stationed at the Al-Tanf base near Syria’s border with Jordan.
Washington has reviewed the majority IDF strikes, according to sources. But the US didn’t help the Israelis pick their targets, they added.
It’s a “well-developed and deliberate process,”One former US official stated the following:
These contacts are kept secret because of the secrecy. “shows how Washington has sought to support its Israeli ally without being drawn into Israel’s shadow war against Iran,”According to the WSJ,
Israel, its arch-rival Iran’s arch-rival, has attacked numerous Syrian targets over the past few years. Tehran, along with Moscow has helped Damascus combat international terrorism.
Syrian authorities have protested the IDF raids, saying they violate the country’s sovereignty and international law. Damascus regards the US presence in Al-Tanf as an illegal occupation.
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“There is tacit American support for the Israelis acting to blunt the Iranians’ efforts to spread weapons around and build their leverage throughout the region. But there has also been a consistent hesitancy about wanting any fingerprints on this,”Dennis Ross is a former US Middle East Peace Envoy. He spoke to the WSJ.
“It would be irresponsible if there was not deconfliction and coordination because of the risk that we could have an inadvertent problem,” Ross added.
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