A few days ago, Iran shot down an Israeli-made drone operated by Azerbaijan. It was monitoring a secret Iranian nuclear site near the Azeri border. The Iranians say they downed it over Natanz. But my Israeli source believes this was a cover story to protect the identity of the secret site.
Around the same time, another Israeli-made drone either crashed or was shot down near the Baghdad airport according to two Lebanese media outlets. The reports were summarized by the Times of Israel, which says U.S. embassy hurriedly sent a team to collect the remnants of the crash.
I spoke to Commander Bill Speaks of the Department of Defense, who told me that agency had not lost any drones in Iraq. He also told me that the drones the Pentagon did use there were monitoring ISIS forces operating in Iraq. I asked Speaks whether it might be possible the CIA was operating Israeli-made drones in Iraq. He refused to speculate on what another U.S. agency might be doing there.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say there’s quite a good chance that a CIA-operated Israeli drone crashed in Iraq a few days ago. I find it strange anyone would use Israeli-made equipment in a Muslim country unless they really wanted to stir the pot. Does the CIA have a tin-ear when it comes to the sensitivities of Muslim countries?
On a different matter, I asked Speaks whether the IDF used American-made GBU28 bunker buster bombs in the assassination attack on Mohammed Deif’s refuge, an attack which killed his wife, two children, and nine other civilians. At first, he said I’d have to ask the Israelis about that. When I asked him what restraints there might be on Israeli use of such weapons, he told me those agreements were generally “classified.” Then he suggested I call the State Department’s Bureau of Political and Military Affairs, when I asked what provisions governed Israeli use of such potent U.S. weapons. Dave McKeeby of that office had a no comment. When I asked him what the U.S. might do in a situation in which Israel did violate such agreement he dismissed my question as “hypothetical” and refused to address it.