Israel shared three cellphone numbers utilized by Qasem Soleimani with U.S. intelligence within the hours earlier than American drones unleashed Hellfire missiles on the Iranian basic final 12 months, Yahoo News reported Saturday.
The revelation sheds new mild on the function that Israel performed within the killing of Soleimani, who the State Division says was chargeable for a whole lot of U.S. troop deaths as the pinnacle of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Power.
The drone strike occurred shortly after midnight on Jan. 2, 2020, as Soleimani and his entourage have been leaving Baghdad’s worldwide airport.
As three Delta Power sniper groups monitored Soleimani on the bottom and three American drones stored a chook’s eye view of him, Israel shared intelligence with the U.S. army.
“Within the six hours earlier than Soleimani boarded his flight from Damascus, the Iranian basic switched cellphones thrice, in accordance with a U.S. army official,” the Yahoo report stated.
“In Tel Aviv, U.S. Joint Particular Operations Command liaisons labored with their Israeli counterparts to assist monitor Soleimani’s cellphone patterns. The Israelis, who had entry to Soleimani’s numbers, handed them off to the Individuals, who traced Soleimani and his present telephone to Baghdad.”
Quickly after Soleimani’s automobile left the airport in Baghdad, two Hellfire missiles rained down, killing him, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq and 5 others.
Yahoo additionally reported Saturday that previous to Soleimani’s demise, Israeli intelligence shared intelligence with the CIA about an Iranian who was leaving the nation to select up cell telephones or Iranian leaders. U.S. intelligence was then capable of plant bugged cell telephones for the courier to purchase, in accordance with the report.
The killing of Soleimani was one of the consequential actions the U.S. has taken within the Center East in years. Iran’s Overseas Minister Javad Zarif stated in a tape leaked to the New York Times final month that Soleimani’s demise brought on extra harm to the nation than if the U.S. worn out a whole metropolis.
In the meantime, President Biden has taken a special strategy from Trump, providing to restart talks with Iran on restoring the nuclear deal that Trump pulled out of in 2018.
The Related Press contributed to this report.