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Reports: Israel Targets Syrian Nukes

Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 08:10 AM

Wednesday, the Nazareth-based Israeli Arab newspaper The Assennara cited anonymous Israeli sources as saying that Israeli jets "bombed a Syrian-Iranian missile base in northern Syria that was financed by Iran... It appears that the base was completely destroyed."

That same day, Reuters reported that U.S. officials had confirmed that the Israel Air Force launched air strikes against Syria last week.

"The strike I can confirm. The target, I can't," said one U.S. official.

The New York Times has reported that likely targets were weapons caches Israel believed Iran was sending to Hezbollah via Syria.

However, Israel believes that North Korea has been supplying Syria and Iran with nuclear materials, a Washington defense official has now revealed to the New York Times. “The Israelis think North Korea is selling to Iran and Syria what little they have left,” he said.

The official also noted that Israeli reconnaissance flights over Syria revealed possible nuclear installations.

According to Haaretz, a U.S. official was quoted as saying Damascus may be building a nuclear facility with North Korean assistance.

According to a Washington Post report, a U.S. official talking on condition of anonymity said recent satellite images gathered over the past six months mostly by Israeli sources indicate Syria may be building such a facility.

For its part, Syria denies all.

"This is nonsense, this is an unfounded statement. It is not up to the Israelis or anyone else to assess what we have in Syria," said Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari.

"There was no target, they dropped their munitions. They were running away after they were confronted by our air defense," he added.

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