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Israelis steal nuclear material from Syria

Posted by gasweek on 4 October, 2007

Israeli commandos seized nuclear material of North Korean origin during a daring raid on a secret military site in Syria before Israel bombed it this month, reported Abraham Rabinovich in Jerusalem in The Australian (24/9/07, p. 1).

US gives nod: The US gave the nod to Israel to carry out the raid only after it was shown the evidence and confirmed that the samples indeed derived from North Korea, reports from 23 September said. Israeli intelligence had been keeping an eye on the site near Dayr az-Zawr, in northern Syria, for months.

Honing in on Dayr az-Zawr: According to the report, commandos from the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit (Sayeret Matkal), the most elite of Israel’s special forces, were able to infiltrate the site undetected and extract the relevant material. The operation was said to be supervised by Defence Minister Ehud Barak, who had been commander of the unit during his military, career. Since assuming the defence portfolio three months ago, he was said to have focused on developments at Dayr az-Zawr.

The Australian, 24/9/2007, p. 1

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