Did Syria approve U.S. raid?

This would be very interesting, if true:

A respected Israeli intelligence expert says he has been told the [U.S. helicopter attack on Al Qaeda within Syria] was carried out with the knowledge and co-operation of Syrian intelligence.

Ronen Bergman, author of The Secret War with Iran, makes the claim in the Yediot Ahronoth newspaper, based on briefings with two senior American officials, one of whom he says until recently “held a very high ranking in the Pentagon”.

Mr Bergman told Sky News the raid happened after America had lobbied Syria intensely to deal with an al Qaeda group conducting activity on the border.

The Syrians were unwilling to be seen publicly bowing to US pressure to tackle the group, he says, but in the end gave the Americans the green light to do so themselves. . .

(Via Hot Air.)

Bergman points to a lack of activity by Syrian air defenses as evidence for his claim. Also, the Syrian condemnation has been muted.

UPDATE (11/4): The London Times is also suggesting Syrian complicity.  (Via Instapundit.)

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