America ensures that IDF attacks do not disrupt their operations in the country, US officials claim
Israeli strikes on Iran-affiliated targets in Syria have been carried out with the secret approval of the US military, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have coordinated their strikes on Syrian targets with the Pentagon and the US Central Command, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing current and former US officials.
The dialogue was reportedly necessary to ensure that incursions by Israeli jets did not interfere with the operations of the US contingent, stationed at the Al-Tanf base near the Syrian border with Jordan.
According to the sources, the vast majority of IDF attacks have been assessed by Washington. But the US did not help Israelis choose their targets, she added.
It is a “well-developed and well-considered process”, said a former US official.
The secrecy surrounding those contacts “shows how Washington has tried to support its Israeli ally without being dragged into Israel’s shadow war against Iran,” noted the WSJ.
Israel has hit numerous targets in Syria in recent years with the aim of reducing the influence of its arch-rival Iran. Together with Moscow, Tehran has helped Damascus fight international terrorism.
Syrian authorities have protested the IDF attacks, saying they violate the country’s sovereignty and international law. Damascus also considers the US presence at the Al-Tanf base an illegal occupation.
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“There is tacit US support for the Israelis who are acting to smooth out the Iranians’ attempts to proliferate weapons and build their influence in the region. But there has also been a constant reluctance to want fingerprints on this.” Dennis Ross, a former US peacekeeper to the Middle East, told the WSJ.
“It would be irresponsible if there were no deconfliction and coordination because of the risk that we could have an unintended problem,Rose added.
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