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Condi Rice Delayed Israel's Syrian Attack

Sunday, 07 Oct 2007 09:47 PM

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Israel delayed its attack on alleged Syrian nuclear facilities at the request of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other members of the Bush Administration.

According to ABC News, Israel's original plan called for an airstrike on July 14. But when U.S. officials expressed doubts about the accuracy of Israeli intelligence about the facility, including the key role played by North Korea, Israel agreed to delay action. The attack was carried out on Sept. 6 after Israel feared leaks would scrub the mission.

ABC reported that Israel presented the United States with satellite images of Syrian nuclear sites months before the September attack, along with evidence proving that part of the nuclear technology was provided by North Korea. The official defined the information as "jaw dropping," and said it raised serious questions as to why U.S. intelligence had not uncovered the facility.

"Israel tends to be very thorough about its intelligence coverage, particularly when it takes a major military step, so they would not have acted without data from several sources," ABC military consultant Tony Cordesman said.

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