Intel official claimed that Israel's overnight raids targeted warehouses used to store Iranian weapons; says Pompeo and Mossad chief discussed the attack during meeting at DC restaurant.
A senior US intelligence official on Wednesday said airstrikes in eastern Syriathe previous night were carried out by Israel with intelligence provided by the United States.
The remarks by the official after the attack marked a rare incidence of publicized cooperation between the two sides over choosing targets in Syria.
The US official, who requested anonymity to speak about sensitive national security matters, claimed the strikes targeted a series of warehouses near the Iraqi border that were being used in a pipeline to store and stage Iranian weapons.
According to the official, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Tuesday’s airstrikes with Yossi Cohen, chief of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, at a public meeting in popular Washington restaurant Café Milano on Monday.
According to Syria’s official SANA news agency, the strikes targeted sites in the areas of Boukamal and Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, where there is a major presence of Iranian-backed militias.