Iran Financed Syrian Nuke Site

That’s the claim made by a high-ranking Iranian general who defected in 2007:

An Iranian defector told the West that Iran was financing North Korean moves to transform Syria into a nuclear weapons power, leading to the Israeli airstrike that destroyed a secret reactor, a report said Thursday.

The report, written by Hans Ruehle, former chief of the planning staff of the German Defense Ministry, details an Iranian connection and fills in gaps about Israel’s Sept. 6, 2007, raid that knocked out Syria’s nearly completed Al Kabir reactor.

This report says that neither American nor Israeli intelligence knew about the nuclear plant until they were tipped off by the Iranian defector. This is interesting:

Intensive investigation followed by U.S. and Israeli intelligence services until Israel sent a 12-man commando unit in two helicopters to the site in August 2007 to take photographs and soil samples, he said.

“The analysis was conclusive that it was a North Korean-type reactor,” a gas graphite model, Ruehle said.

Iran isn’t behind everything bad that happens in the world, but it has its fingers in a lot of pies.

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