Sunday, September 16, 2007

Times of London: Israelis blew up Syrian nuclear cache

"How dare those Jews blow up our nuclear facility?!!!"The Times of London delivers today a detailed, play by play report of the recent Israeli air raid deep inside Syrian territory, about 50 miles from the Iraqi border. The Times is a credible source, although none of this is confirmed officially by Israel, Syria or the US. I find this report highly credible, and certainly more credible than the initial reports about Israeli planes bombing the "empty desert" or bombing Iranian weapons shipment to Hezbollah. Highlights:

IT was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria’s formidable air defences went dead. An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles from the Iraqi border was under way. At a rendezvous point on the ground, a Shaldag air force commando team was waiting to direct their laser beams at the target for the approaching jets. The team had arrived a day earlier, taking up position near a large underground depot. Soon the bunkers were in flames.

their mission was the focus of intense speculation...The Israeli government was not saying....The Syrians were also keeping mum. “I cannot reveal the details,” said Farouk al-Sharaa, the vice-president. “All I can say is the military and political echelon is looking into a series of responses as we speak.

Once the mission was under way, Israel imposed draconian military censorship and no news of the operation emerged until Syria complained that Israeli aircraft had violated its airspace. Syria claimed its air defences had engaged the planes, forcing them to drop fuel tanks to lighten their loads as they fled. But intelligence sources suggested it was a highly successful Israeli raid on nuclear material supplied by North Korea. Read the entire fascinating article here.

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