Israel has assisted the United States in an operation that killed the leader of Iran's Quds unit, General Kasem Suleimani, according to Israeli media reports from US TV NBC.
As noted, the Jewish state was involved in an operation conducted on January 3, providing key intelligence to Americans.
This helped to confirm the information provided by the suppliers at the Syrian airport that Solimani had boarded a plane that flew at night from Damascus to Baghdad.
NBC cites two sources familiar with the operation and unnamed U.S. officials.
After the plane landed, four rockets were fired from the drone on a vehicle into which the general had entered.
Israeli media reported the day after the coup that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had informed Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu of US plans to kill Solimani, B 92 reports.
Pompeo telephoned Netanyahu on January 1 to thank him for his support of Israel in its efforts to counter Iran and after the attack on the US Embassy in Iraq.
The next morning, before leaving for Athens, Netanyahu alluded to the fact that “very, very dramatic things” were happening in the region.
Hours later, Solimani and a commander of an Iraqi militia supported by Iran and several other high-ranking officials were killed, according to Israeli media and a New York Times report that Netanyahu was the only foreign leader known in advance about the operation.
Earlier, agencies reported that a number of Syrian and Iraqi suppliers were suspected of providing information to the United States that led to the assassination of Solimani, including two security guards at Baghdad airport and two employees of the private Syrian airline Cham Wings.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington have grown enormously since the assassination of Solimani.