Israel urges global spies to pool intelligence on Isil


Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has called for world intelligence agencies to work together against the Islamic State (Isil) jihadist group.

“In order to stop and overcome the Islamic State, we have learnt since 9/11 that there must be cooperation between intelligence agencies from across the free world, a sharing of experience and operational cooperation,” he said on an Israeli radio station on Tuesday.

The jihadist group is at the forefront of a sweeping militant assault that has overrun swathes of Iraq and holds significant areas of territory in neighbouring Syria.

The minister’s statement echoes attempts by US President Barack Obama to create a broad coalition to defeat Isil. Mr Obama is to chair a key UN Security Council session on the threat on September 24.

Asked about the proposed international coalition, former military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin indicated Israel would likely share its intelligence with its allies.

“The intelligence that we gather in the Middle East – which deals with threats from Iran, (Lebanon’s Shiite) Hizbollah, what’s happening in Syria, terrorist organisations in Sinai and the Gaza Strip – is of very good quality and we share it with our allies,” he told the radio station.

Last week, Mr Yaalon adopted a recommendation by the Shin Bet internal security agency and designated both the Isil and al-Qaeda affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades as an..

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