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A two-ship of Israeli air force F-16s from Ramon Air Base, Israel, head out to the Nevada Test and Training Range, July 17 during Red Flag 09-4. Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)

The U.S. is concerned about the “civil” war going on in Syria.  What people don’t remember is that it could have been much worse if Israel hadn’t taken action eight years ago.  On September 6th 2007, IAF bombers flew into the Syrian desert and laid to waste their nuclear facility.

It was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria’s formidable air defenses 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.Ten days after the jets reached home, their mission was the focus of intense speculation this weekend amid claims that Israel believed it had destroyed a cache of nuclear materials from North Korea.The Israeli government was not saying. “The security sources and IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] soldiers are demonstrating unusual courage,” said Ehud Olmert, the prime minister. “We naturally cannot always show the public our cards.

At the time Syria denied the Israeli raid ever happened. But about a month after the attack the UN Ambassador fessed, Israel remained quiet as not to publicly embarrass the Syrian government (which need little help in that area). But according to the Jerusalem Post

The Syrian envoy disclosed the nature of the target during a meeting of a UN committee where Israeli envoys were also present. A senior source in the Foreign Ministry confirmed that the statement was made in New York by the Syrian official. Since first announcing on September 6 that an incursion into Syrian airspace by IAF jets took place, Syria has attempted to strike a balance between mustering international condemnation of Israel on the one hand and efforts by Damascus to blur the nature and purpose of the facility attacked on the other hand.

In other words, they kept telling different stories of what really happened. This is how the story evolved (according to Syria). First they said that the IAF dropped a fuel tank in the Syrian desert, then they bombed a strategic location, then they bombed a warehouse, then Syria said that there was NO Raid. Afterward they blamed the US for the attacks, and I believe the last thing they said the IDF bombed nothing important, just a construction site. Syria had almost as many explanations for what happened in the middle of the Syrian desert as Hillary Clinton had on the Keystone Pipeline.

In November of 2008 it was reported what was really at the site that Israel bombed:

Samples taken from a Syrian site bombed by Israel on suspicion it was a covert nuclear reactor contained


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