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CIA declassified intel files reveal briefings on Israel


The day before the Yom Kippur War broke out on October 6, 1973, US intelligence assessments reported large-scale military exercises in Egypt, but that “they do not appear to be preparations for an offensive against Israel.”

The assessment was found in one of about 2,500 documents released by the CIA on Wednesday, containing the US government’s intelligence analysis on key national security issues during the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, from January 1969 to January 1977. The release took place at an event at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda, California.
Another document from the day the war began said that neither side seemed inclined to start hostilities. According to media reports that had seen the documents, officials were concerned that Syria could mobilize its defenses, alarming the Israelis, which would “increase the risk of military clashes, which neither side originally intended.”

A different issue involving Israel that was dealt with in the released documents was the US assessment of Israeli retaliation


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