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John Kerry knew about covert Israeli operations in Syria, according to Iran’s foreign minister: report

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In leaked audio, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reportedly claims that John Kerry knew about 200+ Israeli operations in Syria. At the time Kerry was serving as Sectary of State in the Obama administration.

Currently, Kerry sits on President Biden’s National Security Council as a presidential convoy for the climate. Zarif has been the Iranian foreign minister for the past eight years.

Then, it reportedly shocked Zarif to know that Israel had attacked Iranian targets in Syria upwards of 200 times. The New York Times and other outlets obtained the leaked audio.

After the leak, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh acknowledged that the audio was authentic. He told journalists on Monday that the recording was a small part of a seven-hour interview Zarif gave to a well-known economist.

But Khatibzadeh also called the audio’s release “illegal” and “selectively” edited. He did not have a theory on who leaked the audio or how it got out.

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CIA director meets with Israeli PM to arouse regional support following drone attack

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns visited Israel Wednesday in an effort to rally regional support amidst attacks from Iran. Burns discussed possibilities for regional cooperation with Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Late July, drones struck an Israeli tanker off the coast of Oman. As a result, two crew members died. Since then, the United States blamed Tehran for the attack. Iranian officials deny their involvement.

At the time, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the White House was noticing a disturbing pattern. “We feel it follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior,” Psaki said. “And these actions also threaten freedom of navigation through crucial waterways — something that is posing a risk to a range of countries around the world.”
 
Therefore, the press secretary suggested that countries get involved. “You know, I would also note that we know our British partners have called for action, called for steps in a coordinated way from international bodies, including the United Nations, which we would certainly support,” Psaki said. Now, Burns’ visit symbolizes the United State following through on the White House’s comments.

According to a statement from Burns’ office, he met with Bennett after meeting with the head of Israel’s Mossad intelligency agency David Barnea. Burns met the Israeli leader in Tel-Aviv. “They discussed the situation in the Middle East, with emphasis on Iran, and possibilities for expanding and deepening regional cooperation,” the statement read.

Next, Burns will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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