Israel Helps to Kurds; Russia Has Israeli Missile Interceptor; Al-Baghdadi’s Wife Has Been Captured
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Official: Israel providing aid to Kurds since US pullout in Syria
Israel has been providing aid to the Kurds in northern Syria since the US withdrawal from the area, a senior Israeli official said Wednesday, warning that their defeat would allow Iran to further entrench itself in the area.
“Israel has received many requests for assistance, mainly in the diplomatic and humanitarian realm,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hatovely told the Knesset Wednesday in remarks translated by the Reuters news agency. “We identify with the deep distress of the Kurds, and we are assisting them through a range of channels.”
Hotovely gave no details on the Israeli help, only saying that during “dialogue with the Americans…, we state our truth regarding the Kurds…and we are proud of our taking a stand alongside the Kurdish people.”
Her comments were the first confirmation that Israel has carried out the pledge made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on October 10.
“Israel strongly condemns the Turkish invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria and warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies,” Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office at the time. “Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people.”
Russia captures advanced Israeli missile interceptor in Syria – report
An advanced Israeli surface-to-air missile that was fired from the David’s Sling (formerly known as the Magic Wand) missile system was given to Russia by Syria, when it was found intact after the rocket did not explode on contact, according to Russian media sources.
The rocket was reportedly fired on July 23, 2018, and Syrian forces that were dispatched to the scene found the missile intact after it sustained minor damage from impact. The missile was then taken to a Syrian-Russian base where it was transferred to Moscow for further research.
David’s Sling was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and American defense contractor Raytheon. The system is designed to intercept enemy planes, drones, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles and the newest generation of tactical ballistic missiles at low altitude.
The system forms the middle layer of air defense systems between the Iron Dome and the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 missile defense systems.
Erdogan says Turkey has captured Al-Baghdadi’s wife in Syria
Turkey has captured a wife of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, more than a week after the former Daesh leader killed himself during a raid by US special forces.
“The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign about this,” Erdogan said.
“But, I am announcing it here for the first time: We captured his wife and didn’t make a fuss like them. Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother in law in Syria,” he said in a speech at Ankara University. He gave no details.
A senior Turkish official said earlier this week that Turkey had captured Al-Baghdadi’s sister, her husband and daughter-in-law, and hoped to gain intelligence from them about Daesh, although Ankara has not said what knowledge they may have had about the group’s operations.
Al-Baghdadi rose from obscurity to lead the ultra-hard-line group and declare a caliphate, holding sway over huge areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014-2017 before Daesh’s control was wrested away by a US-led coalition.
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Source: TTI, TJP, Arab News