Iraqi Intel Believes Israeli Attacks Are Launched From Syrian Kurdish Bases

Officials believe Saudi Arabia is backing attacks

Now that the fact Israel has been attacking targets across Iraq for the past few weeks, Iraqi intelligence is starting to weigh in on details related to the strikes, which seem to be targeting Shi’ite militias.

Iraqi intelligence services now say that they believe the Israeli attacks are being launched not from Israel, but from eastern Syria, more specifically bases belonging to the Kurdish SDF.

This would certainly make it easier for Israeli drones to reach Iraqi soil. Officials say that the SDF and Israel have “an understanding” on the matter, and Saudi Arabia is backing the idea.

This all potentially makes sense, with Israel long aligning itself with the Kurds, and Saudi Arabia almost certainly in favor of any attack on any Shi’ites in the region. Iraqi officials haven’t offered any proof to confirm this narrative.

Author: Jason Ditz

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