FAST FIVE: Here's Why Trump Tipped Israel Off To Soleimani Strike: They Helped With Intel
According to a recent report released by the Times of Israel, it was officials in Tel Aviv who provided the White House with the key intelligence details leading to the targeted double assassination of Iranian Quds Force leader, General Qasem Soleimani, and senior Iraqi PMU commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, on January 3rd.
Netanyahu Lied About Involvement This also indicates that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu was lying last week when he told ministers that the killing of Soleimani was “carried out solely by the US,” and that Israel was not involved.
Qasem Soleimani was carried out solely by the US and that Israel was not involved in any way and must not be dragged into the escalating conflict, two ministers who attended the meeting told me.” This calculated move to walk-back his previously hawkish stance on Soleimani and Iran appears to have been a shrewd and cynical political maneuver to avoid being implicated in the political maelstrom which ensued in Washington – where US Senators and Congressional Representatives were demanding the White House present any of the illusive intelligence relating to the successive incidents.
Details of the operation also appeared in an NBC News report: Armed with a tip from informants at the airport in the Syrian capital of Damascus, the CIA knew exactly when a jet carrying Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani took off en route to Baghdad.
Three American drones moved into position overhead, with no fear of challenge in an Iraqi airspace completely dominated by the US military.