The Arms Pipeline That Came First

A book due out next month makes provocative disclosures about the tangled relationship between U.S. and Israeli intelligence services. According to Major General Avraham Tamir, a retired senior Israeli defense official quoted in Dangerous Liaison, the REAGAN ADMINISTRATION approved Israeli arms shipments to Tehran for use against Iraq in 1981, long before the Iran-contra affair. Authors Andrew and Leslie Cockburn say the transfers were part of a strategy to head off Soviet influence in the gulf region. The book also describes in detail Operation KK Mountain, in which the CIA secretly paid Israel as much as $20 million annually throughout the...

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