U.S. uses Israeli spy satellites to locate ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria to pinpoint air strikesBy Mason White 2:53 PM September 11, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
The U.S. is using Israeli spy satellite images to locate ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria, as their own satellites are not as advanced as those owned and operated by Israel.
Israel is also providing the U.S. with intelligence on people with Western passports who have joined the terrorist organization.
Israeli spy-satellites flying over Iraq and Syria, are able to detect frequencies and angles that U.S. satellites cannot. Israel is helping the U.S. to get better battle damage assessments after air strikes against ISIS targets.
“The Israelis are very good, with passenger data and the analysis of social media in Arabic, to get a better idea of who these people are,” said a diplomat.
The U.S. is erasing the Hebrew and other identifying marks of Israel, in order to avoid antagonizing Arab nations that are also fighting ISIS.