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Israel Provided Intel Used in U.S. Operation to Kill Islamic State Leader — Report

Jerusalem, which was familiar with al-Qurayshi because he once held ‘Israel file’ in IS, was reportedly notified in advance of raid to take him out, helped track his location
Israel provided intel used in US operation to kill Islamic State leader — report
People check a destroyed house after an operation by the U.S. military in the Syrian village of Atmeh, in Idlib province, Syria, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. U.S. special forces carried out what the Pentagon said was a successful, large-scale counterterrorism raid in northwestern Syria early Thursday. Local residents and activists said civilians were also among the dead. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Israel reportedly provided intelligence used in the US operation to kill Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in northern Syria early Thursday.

Channel 13 news quoted foreign sources who claimed Israel assisted in the intelligence tracking of al-Qurayshi, utilizing sources inside Syria who helped create an intelligence window that allowed the US to act.

“Without the information on his location, there is obviously no possibility for such an operation to take place,” one source told Channel 13.

province, Syria, on Thursday, February 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed)

Israel reportedly provided intelligence used in the US operation to kill Islamic State leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi in northern Syria early Thursday.

Channel 13 news quoted foreign sources who claimed Israel assisted in the intelligence tracking of al-Qurayshi, utilizing sources inside Syria who helped create an intelligence window that allowed the US to act.

“Without the information on his location, there is obviously no possibility for such an operation to take place,” one source told Channel 13.Top articles on The Times of IsraelRead More

The Kan public broadcaster reported that the US notified Israel of the operation ahead of time, likely because of Jerusalem’s familiarity with al-Qurayshi, who held the “Israel file” in IS before taking over as the terror group’s leader in October 2019, when his predecessor was killed in a similar US raid.

Israel has not been a spectator in the global fight against IS. Former IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot told the Maariv daily earlier this month that Israeli forces have killed hundreds of the group’s operatives throughout the Middle East.

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