US Knew About Israel's Raid on Syria in Advance

Shared intelligence on suspected nukes led to mysterious airstrike
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2007 10:09 AM CDT
Israeli army vehicles manoeuver during a military training exercise in the Golan Heights Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007. Syria said Wednesday that Israel's air sortie over the country earlier this month showed...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Israeli intelligence provided President Bush with indications that North Korean nuclear officials had arrived in Syria before Israel stealthily bombed an alleged nuclear facility there. Although the US was reluctant to upset progress on North Korean nonproliferation, it nevertheless tacitly supported Israel's raid—and likely corroborated the facts before Israel carried out the attack, the Washington Post reports.

The airstrike remains hazy: A media blackout persists in Israel and the Bush administration has not commented. Syria and North Korea both deny the joint program, but last month a North Korean ship docked at a Syrian port with cargo listed as "cement." But observers say that for Israel to risk war with Syria, the target must have been paramount to military planners.