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    Frenemies: US-Israel Spy Strains Emerge Over Iran

    Frenemies: US-Israel Spy Strains Emerge Over Iran

    It didn't take long for the United States to distance itself from 's Jan. 28 drone attack on an Iranian weapons factory in the of Isfahan. Just a few hours later, U.S. officials leaked to the York Times that Israel's Mossad intelligence agency had carried out the strike, making sure to stress the Biden administration had no involvement whatsoever.

    By contrast, israel still hasn't taken credit for the attack. According to former intelligence officials in both countries, the apparent urgency with which the Americans fingered Israel, plus several other Iran-related developments, points to renewed tensions between the CIA and Mossad over Biden administration efforts to revive the 2015 Iran's nuclear deal, even as the two countries hold military exercises meant to warn Tehran not to develop a nuclear weapon.

    The episode sheds fresh light on the close but contradictory ties between the U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies, one of the most complicated relationships in the shadowy world of international espionage. On one hand, Mossad and CIA officers share intelligence and even coordinate some field operations, reflecting Israel's status as a close and trusted U.S. ally. At the same time, the two spy services disagree sharply over Iran's intentions. And despite fervent Israeli denials, former U.S. officials say the Mossad still runs aggressive intelligence-gathering operations in the United States…

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