Friday, September 28, 2007

IRGC Defector Role in Israeli Air Strike on Syria

Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jerida reported today that the intelligence for Israel's attack on a Syrian target earlier this month was provided by IRGC Brig. Gen. Ali Reza Asgari, who defected from Iran a few months ago.

Another Kuwaiti paper, Al Watan, quoted diplomatic sources in Europe as saying that US jets circled above the Israeli fighters and gave them aerial cover during the operation.

Reports circulating in Washington indicate that the Israeli raid on Syrian target destroyed advanced weapon facilities. The former US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, has also said that the raid targeted either a joint nuclear or missile facility with North Korea.

The surprising element of the air strike was the ability of Israeli Air Force jets to enter deep into Syria without setting off Russian-built radar systems in place in the country.

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