Report: Syrian Official Gave U.S. Intelligence on Soleimani's Location

(Maariv-Jerusalem Post) Yasser Okbi - A senior Western intelligence source told the UK's Independent Arabic that a senior Syrian official gave American intelligence agents information on Qasem Soleimani's movements in Syria, provided that his killing would not be carried out on Syrian soil. Due to the information given, the Americans were able to follow Soleimani's flight path after they were confident he was on board. At the same time, the source revealed that the Americans had hacked the phone of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the pro-Iranian Shiite militia al-Hashad al-Sha'abi, who was also eliminated in the Jan. 3 attack. The U.S. had tapped his conversations with Soleimani and others. In these conversations, U.S. intelligence learned that Soleimani and Muhandis were preparing for major operations against U.S., Israeli and Western targets in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere.

2020-01-15 00:00:00

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