US Bombed Syria:
USAF Struck Syrian "Nuclear" Site
By JPOST.COM STAFF
11/02/07 "JPost" -- -- The
September 6 raid over Syria was carried out by the US Air Force,
Al-Jazeera Web site
reported Friday. The Web site quoted Israeli and Arab sources as
saying that two strategic US jets armed with tactical nuclear
weapons carried out an attack on a nuclear site under
The sources were quoted as saying that Israeli F-15 and F-16
jets provided cover for the US planes.
The sources added that each US plane carried one tactical
nuclear weapon and that the site was hit by one bomb and was
At the beginning of October, Israel's military censor began to
allow the local media to report on the raid without attributing
their report to foreign sources. Nevertheless, details of the
strike have remained clouded in mystery.
On October 28, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the cabinet that
he had apologized to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
if Israel violated Turkish airspace during a strike on an
alleged nuclear facility in Syria last month.
In a carefully worded statement that was given to reporters
after the cabinet meeting, Olmert said: "In my conversation with
the Turkish prime minister, I told him that if Israeli planes
indeed penetrated Turkish airspace, then there was no intention
thereby, either in advance or in any case, to - in any way -
violate or undermine Turkish sovereignty, which we respect."
The New York Times reported on October 13 that Israeli planes
struck at what US and Israeli intelligence believed was a partly
constructed nuclear reactor in Syria on September 6, citing
American and foreign officials who had seen the relevant
According to the report, Israel carried out the report to send a
message that it would not tolerate even a nuclear program in its
initial stages of construction in any neighboring state.
On October 17, Syria denied that one of its representatives to
the United Nations told a panel that an Israeli air strike hit a
Syrian nuclear facility and added that "such facilities do not
exist in Syria."
A UN document released by the press office had provided an
account of a meeting of the First Committee, Disarmament and
International Security, in New York, and paraphrased an unnamed
Syrian representative as saying that a nuclear facility was hit
by the raid.
However, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, SANA said media
reports, apparently based on a UN press release, misquoted the
Alleged Syrian atomic reactor 'vanishes'
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