A US intelligence official with knowledge on the matter told the agency that the strikes targeted a series of warehouses in Deir Ezzor that were being used in a “pipeline” to store and stage Iranian weapons and components for the country’s Islamic nuclear program.
“US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Tuesday’s airstrike with Yossi Cohen, chief of Israel’s spy agency Mossad, at a public meeting in the popular Washington restaurant Café Milano on Monday,” the unnamed official told the AP.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 57 fighters were killed in the Israeli strikes. However, the al-Mayadeen TV, which is close to Damascus, reported that a Syrian service member was killed and at least 14 others were injured.
The US involvement in the strikes, which were the largest attack by Israel on Syria since the beginning of this year, is a clear message to Iran. Washington has been backing Israel’s undeclared war on Iranian forces in Syria since the very beginning. This support will apparently go on after the departure of the current administration.