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N Korean Ship 'Linked To Israel's Strike On Syria'
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-17-2007 | Tim Butcher

Posted on 09/17/2007 12:57:00 PM PDT by blam

N Korean ship 'linked to Israel's strike on Syria'

By Tim Butcher in Jerusalem
Last Updated: 4:52pm BST 17/09/2007

A suspicious North Korean freighter that re-flagged itself as South Korean before off-loading an unknown cargo at the Syrian port of Tartous is at the centre of efforts today to investigate Israel's recent airstrike on Syria.

Israel has not given any details on the operation in Syria

An Israeli on-line data analyst, Ronen Solomon, found an internet trace for the 1,700-tonne cargo ship, Al Hamed, which showed the vessel started to off-load what Syrian officials categorised as "cement" on Sept 3.

This was three days before Israeli jets attacked a site in the north eastern desert of Syria, not far from its border with Iraq.

Since leaving Tartous, one of Syria's main ports on the Mediterranean, the ship's trace has disappeared and it is not known whether western intelligence agencies are tracking the vessel.

"I became suspicious after the first reports from Syria about the attack so I traced all traffic into Syrian ports in the days prior to the incident," Mr Solomon said.

"There were five ships but the interesting one was the one with a connection to North Korea - the Al Hamed."

He said he cross-referred to other maritime databases to establish the ship was not a regular visitor to the Mediterranean but had come through the Suez Canal in late June.

It had registered itself for the Suez transit as a South Korean vessel but Mr Solomon said this was standard procedure for North Korean ships seeking to avoid international constraints on North Korea.

Records showed the vessel docked at Tartous on July 28 before going back to sea and then returning to the port on Sept 3. "Since then there is no trace so I have no idea if she has gone up into the Black Sea or is still in the Mediterranean or whatever," Mr Solomon said.

Israel has not given any details on the operation.

Last week, US officials suggested that North Korea had sought to export some of its nuclear technology and equipment to Syria but the Israelis had been tipped off, so they arranged a pre-emptive strike on a sensitive shipment.

Mr Solomon said the Al Hamed was owned by a North Korean business until a few months ago when ownership changed hands to an as yet unidentified new owner.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 200706; 20070728; 200709; 20070903; 20070906; airstrikes; alhamed; cement; cementship; israel; korean; northkorea; sept62007; ship; suezcanal; syria; wmd

1 posted on 09/17/2007 12:57:05 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Read more here: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/903955.html


2 posted on 09/17/2007 1:00:29 PM PDT by Samba
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To: blam

Good find Blam

BTTT


3 posted on 09/17/2007 1:00:37 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: blam

this is unusually detailed.


4 posted on 09/17/2007 1:02:05 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: blam

Feel free to Freep these freaks here: http://www.tartousport.com/main/english/contact.php?


5 posted on 09/17/2007 1:02:23 PM PDT by Samba
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To: blam
"Mr Solomon said the Al Hamed was owned by a North Korean business until a few months ago when ownership changed hands to an as yet unidentified new owner."

How can anyone in Western Journalism write this and get away with it?

There are no "businesses" in NK.

6 posted on 09/17/2007 1:02:46 PM PDT by lormand (Ron Paul - Surrender/Suicide Monkey for GOP nominee and a steaming POS)
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To: blam

Elementary, my dear Watson.....


7 posted on 09/17/2007 1:02:55 PM PDT by Rick.Donaldson (http://realitycheck.blogsome.com - and yes, yes, I'm a "FredHead". Fred Thompson for Prez.)
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To: blam

No trace? Maybe it didn’t have time to send a distress signal after several Mark-48’s acquired their target.


8 posted on 09/17/2007 1:03:09 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: blam

Why would Syria need cement from North Korea? It is EXCEEDINGLY heavy, and the economics of importing it from halfway around the world make no sense.

Of course, I didn’t expect anything involving the Norks and the Syrians to make sense from the surface. But you think that they couldv’e come up with a better lie than that.


9 posted on 09/17/2007 1:06:15 PM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: blam

From here: http://www.papernet.hu/?l=sdetails⟨=hun&i=1121

10 posted on 09/17/2007 1:06:25 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (I'm With Fred)
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To: massgopguy

I wish the Lone Gunman had lived to see this...absolutely everything is somewhere in the data stream if you know how to look.


11 posted on 09/17/2007 1:06:55 PM PDT by 50sDad (Angels on asteroids are abducting crop circles!)
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To: blam

There is a link here with both that boat and Syria, spelled in a different language. For research purposes:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.papernet.hu/thumb.php%3Ffile%3D./img/george/otepaa1965chillb.jpg%26size%3D400&imgrefurl=http://www.papernet.hu/%3Fl%3Dsdetails%26lang%3Dhun%26i%3D1121&h=267&w=400&sz=32&hl=en&start=53&tbnid=pAJe75FxsHnY5M:&tbnh=83&tbnw=124&prev=/images%3Fq%3DAl%2BHamed%2B%26start%3D40%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN


12 posted on 09/17/2007 1:12:40 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (I'm With Fred)
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To: Uncle Miltie

These photos document the North Korean “Al Hamed” passing through the Bosphorous (sp?) beyond which are ports in Russia, Turkey, etc., but not Iran.


13 posted on 09/17/2007 1:15:03 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (I'm With Fred)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Where is that photo from? Nice castle in the background.


14 posted on 09/17/2007 1:16:16 PM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: massgopguy

LOL!!!.........


15 posted on 09/17/2007 1:19:32 PM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmospere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

2004 6419629 AL HAMED HMZB6 General Cargo Ship 1718 1965 07 Korea (North)

http://www.e-ships.net/index/A5.shtml


16 posted on 09/17/2007 1:25:29 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (I'm With Fred)
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To: blam

Also known as, under previous owners:

1965 OTEPAA
1994-SMARAGD
1996-HASAN M
1998-REIS
2004-AL HAMED (Szíria) még üzemel

That last bit, where it is listed with “Sziria” is interesting.


17 posted on 09/17/2007 1:33:13 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (I'm With Fred)
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To: Ancesthntr

... kinda like Eskimos importing snowballs.


18 posted on 09/17/2007 2:04:24 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: Ancesthntr

Is it that big of a lie? What else would the North Koreans have to export? Food? Now that would be a lie...


19 posted on 09/17/2007 2:18:47 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY (Hey! Must be a devil between us)
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To: blam
Cross linking:

U.S. confirms Syria-N. Korea nuke link

********************************EXCERPT INTRO*****************************

"We do know that there are a number of foreign technicians that have been in Syria," Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Semmel said. "We do know that there may have been contact between Syria and some secret suppliers for nuclear equipment. Whether anything transpired remains to be seen."

20 posted on 09/17/2007 2:48:03 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Lurking in Kansas; Uncle Miltie
"Where is that photo from? Nice castle in the background."

"Europa's Castle on the Bosporus"

Looks like they caught her heading into the Black Sea...

21 posted on 09/17/2007 3:34:24 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Ancesthntr

Actually it is quite common for cement to be shipped all around. A number of large ships deliver cement, in bulk, to the US every month.

Don’t know of any cement shipped in large crates though, usually in bulk.


22 posted on 09/17/2007 3:38:18 PM PDT by dusttoyou (FredHead from the git go)
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23 posted on 09/18/2007 6:46:50 AM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: Ancesthntr

Moreover, the Chinese are sucking up about 2/3 of the cement in the world. Talk about a local market.


24 posted on 09/18/2007 7:19:57 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: blam

And where is the protest from the appeasing South Korean government, over the hijacking of its’ nation’s flag, by the North, in service of its nuclear-terrorism-export program??? Oh no - must not offend the north with the truth!!!


25 posted on 09/18/2007 9:19:22 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: lormand

North Korea is a business.


26 posted on 09/18/2007 8:45:02 PM PDT by jschwartz
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To: lormand

North Korea is a business.


27 posted on 09/18/2007 8:45:08 PM PDT by jschwartz
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To: massgopguy

It was only a 1,700-ton ship. Two or three torpedoes would shred that small of a ship before its crew even knew what had happened.


28 posted on 09/18/2007 8:51:47 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (The Hunt for FRed November. 11/04/08)
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