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Persian Gulf States Provided Intelligence on Iran Regime’s Saturday Attack on Israel: Report

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. AP
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. AP

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates passed on information about the Iran regime’s Saturday attack on Israel to the United States, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper stated that two days before the Islamic Republic launched more than 300 missiles and attack drones at the Jewish state, officials in Tehran made the operation’s plans known to the Saudis and several of their neighbors. The purpose of this disclosure was said to have been a courtesy notice so the affected countries could properly secure their airspace. The intelligence was then forwarded to officials in Washington.

In addition to the information provided about the bombardment, The Journal noted that both countries also provided radar tracking and, in some cases, their own military personnel to assist in the interception efforts.

The cooperation may have been a surprise to the U.S. military, as earlier this year Riyadh and Abu Dhabi declined an offer to assist an international naval force to control the attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Both countries have also been attempting to improve their diplomatic relations with the Shia-majority nation in recent years.

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