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Israel Israel Defense Forces

‘Shares intel on ISIS’

8 Sep, 2014

A Western diplomat says Israel shares satellite imagery and other intelligence on ISIS to support the U.S.-led air campaign against the group. The source says that the intel is often then passed on to Saudi Arabia and Turkey after being ‘scrubbed’ of traces of its Israeli origin. Israeli spy satellites overflying Iraq at angles and frequencies unavailable from U.S. satellites have provided images that allowed the Pentagon to ‘fill out its information and get a better battle damage assessments’ after strikes on Islamic State targets. Israel has also shared information from international travel databases about Western citizens suspected of joining ISIS:

The Israelis are very good with passenger data and with analysing social media in Arabic to get a better idea of who these people are.

Israel Defense Ministry spokesman:

We don’t comment on any assistance by us, or if there is such assistance, in the fight against ISIS