Skip to comments.Syria admits: Target hit by IAF jets was a nuclear facility
Posted on 10/16/2007 10:51:56 PM PDT by camerakid400
In its first official admission by a state official, Syria confirmed that an air raid carried out by Israeli fighter jets deep in Syrian territory on September 6 was, indeed, an attack on a Syrian nuclear facility, Israel Radio reported Wednesday morning.
A Syrian envoy disclosed the nature if the target during a meeting of a UN committee where Israeli envoys were also present.
A senior source in the Foreign Ministry confirmed the statement made in New York by the Syrian official.
Since first announcing on September 6 that an incursion into Syrian airspace by IAF jets took place, Syria veered between attempts to muster international condemnation of Israel on the one hand and efforts by Damascus to blur the nature and purpose of the facility attacked on the other hand.
Several weeks after the strike, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a BBC interview that the target hit by the Israeli Air Force was a building in an abandoned military base.
But several days before Assad interview, a Syrian "agricultural research center" in the area of the strike independently invited foreign journalists to visit the site, as proof that Israeli missiles missed their target.
Israel continues to keep mum on the affair, and the only information cleared by the military censor for publication was the fact that a strike took place; any other morsel of information published in Israel continues to be accompanied by the phrase "according to foreign media outlets."
Israeli analysts estimated that the government's decision not to disclose information about the strike was intended to avoid embarrassing Assad's regime, in the hope that silence on Israel's side could prevent the tension between the two countries from escalating into all-out war.
God bless Israel.
The next question is, where did Syria get the materials from?
My guess - Iran or North Korea.
Has to be North Korea ... unless Iran has rec’d reactor fuel (have they?)
SOunds like we should be interrogating them if these are the WMD’s from Iraq. If not then someone else has some explaining to do NK or Iran...
Why would they do that?
Iraq, but they didn’t know how to weaponize them.
Syria needed North Korean scientists for that.
Spot on ole boy.
Syria had just received a shipment of “cement” from NK.
Apple of His eye bookmark
I don't believe they are keeping quite to avoid upsetting the Syrians. It's absurd. They just bombed Syria.
There is something else at work.
Mwuhaahaa ha ha ha.
Do I dream this will trap all the rats at CIA?
Thank you Israel!! Thank you that you had the courage to do what was necessary. I wish our government would go after things the way Israel does.
North Korea. According to reports, only 2 countries complained about the raid - Syria and North Korea.
The absence of protest from neighboring Muslium countries is believed to be tacit approval expressing concern about a nuclear Syria.
Perhaps. But, if the nuclear material came from Saddam's never located stockpile, the current government of Iraq might not complain too much, either...
“A Syrian Envoy disclosed during a UN Commitee meeting at which Israel was represented...”
A massive slip of the tongue, or a deliberate release, ordered by Assad?
Context is critical here.
If the news was released accidently, then Syria looks double stupid to the Muslim world. Couldn’t protect their own high capital resource, and admitted it publicly in a significant CF. Pressure on Syria to retaliate then increases geometrically.
If the news was released deliberately, it could be an effort to minimize fallout, i.e. speculation of losses even greater than the nuclear plant, an attempt to cut Syria’s losses.
Admitting the nuclear plant’s existence also could be a passive-aggressive move...Putin’s in Iran promising Russian support for Iran’s nuclear program, warning the west against an attack, so Syria might feel they can afford to come clean.
Finally, a deliberate admission regarding the nuclear plant also could be purely belligerent, an effort to garner support for retaliation, up to and including a declaration of war.
Exact quotes from the UN Comittee meeting would differentiate between an accidental and deliberate disclosure, and the precise wording could also indicate whether Syria’s intent was belligerent while making the disclosure.
Without the proper context offered by direct quotes, we have to assume that the full spectrum of possibilities are equally likely, at least until we get more information.
Also don't forget the AQ Khan network.
The "cement" shipment was what pushed the Israelis to hit the building......but I keep remembering that Israeli special ops raid they were after something specific.....was that the "stunner"...that would confirm the AQ Khan/Pakistani government connection.
Stop the lights..............
Putin in Iran, a conversation with ImInAMood
...”WTF - Paid you million$
the $hit didn’t work”
Good for Israel. I hope Nancy Pelosi learns something from this. Clueless idiot.
According to Yoni the blogger on the Hugh Hewitt show, Israel sent in troops dressed as Syrian soldiers who infiltrated the facility and removed nuclear materials, then conducted the airstrike after the materials had been spirited away to the west.
This story has been getting some low key treatment.
The doctrine: “Speak softly but carry a big Stick.” seems to apply here. Deeds, not words, are peacemakers.
There is another possibility.
Saddam subcontracted his program out to Libya. Libya decided to quit.
Saddam’s material is now in Oakridge.
“The next question is, where did Syria get the materials from?”
Here comes a great big convoy, running through the night.....
Syria just learned that it can't defend any of its own airspace from Israel.
U.S. armor, infantry, and ships are within sight of Syria's borders, too.
Encircled by NATO, the U.S., and Israel...Syria is going to do *anything* at this point in time to avoid war. Heck, Syria's islamic neighbors like Jordan and Lebanon wouldn't even condemn Israel's Sept/6 strike!
In radar/computer technology, on September 6 Israel just revealed the Manhattan Project. It's 1945 all over again, where the Soviet Union would do anything to avoid a war with the U.S. until the CCCP finally developed its own nuclear bomb, except in this case we are talking about making radar/computers work securely or not.
Just look at those two limp handshakes. What cowards.
It’s been said Israeli Jets with nuclear capabilities were in route to hit Iran’s nuclear facilities...and US jets intercepted them told them to turn around or they’d be shot down.
So did everyone else that bought the Russian Anti-Air-Crap! ................... FRegards
You sir... are correct!
Wow. Hadn’t heard that. That’s uh... kinda stunning.
This story has been getting some low key treatment.
I had not heard about the troops going in first, but I'm not surprised. The IDF rocks! That could be why Syria didn't want to talk about it. They must have been real embarrassed. It's even worse than their planes making the run with no resistance from Syria.
The MSM is totally worthless. Even when they do get the facts right, they distort them to their own agenda before we ever get the story.
Did I say nuclear facility? I meant unused military facility...yeah, that's the ticket.
By the way, Yoni is an IDF soldier
You mean Niger?
What IF it wasn't a North Korean supplied nuke facility Israeli hit....but a RUSSIAN built one.
The Israeli commandos were sent in to confirm it....
You wouldn’t hear about it...and probably never will, but it did happen...
"The next question is, where did Syria get the materials from?
My guess - Iran or North Korea."
The notion that Saddam before the 2003 invasion had nuclear weapons moved to Syria is of course rejected without further question.
One day, we may know. More than one of their leaders has said the very same thing.
It was a joint op...Israel and USA...
I suspect this is disinfo. Those that know won’t talk; those that talk don’t know. Just a hunch.
There is more to be gained in silence, frankly. It is scarier.
What if the material came from the USA during the clinton administration? That would certainly make all parties involved very very quiet. WOULDN’T IT? Even the UN wouldn’t touch that with a ten foot tall hans blix.
Am I paranoid, or am I just insane? My head is spinning.
That would be one hell of an October Surprise for the Krintons, eh?