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A suspicious North Korean freighter that re-flagged itself as South Korean before off-loading an unknown cargo at the Syrian port of Tartous is at the centre of efforts today to investigate Israel's recent airstrike on Syria.
Israel has not given any details on the operation in Syria
An Israeli on-line data analyst, Ronen Solomon, found an internet trace for the 1,700-tonne cargo ship, Al Hamed, which showed the vessel started to off-load what Syrian officials categorised as "cement" on Sept 3.
Since leaving Tartous, one of Syria's main ports on the Mediterranean, the ship's trace has disappeared and it is not known whether western intelligence agencies are tracking the vessel.
Originally posted by Harlequin
i do believe syria have complained to the UN about this illegal act.
Originally posted by Project_Silo
I don't get why some people are over analyzing this so much.OBVIOUSLY Syria has immense personal motives for saying it was not nuclear material.Yet every other source says it was in fact nuclear materials.
Israel has declined to comment on the air operation. Syria has said only that warplanes entered its airspace, came under fire from anti-aircraft defenses, and dropped munitions and fuel tanks to lighten their loads while they fled.
A US government official has reportedly said Israeli warplanes hit weapons destined for Hizbullah guerrillas. But the former US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, told The Jreusalem post he believes the Israelis were hitting a nuclear facility.
"The strange thing is that the Americans are talking on behalf of Israel and are providing excuses and concocting new false spins such as talking about presumed Syrian nuclear activity and completely turning a blind eye about the Israeli nuclear danger," the Syrian editorial said.
Originally posted by mjmurphy53711
Nobody cared to reply, but I would go even further: Would N. Korea ship cement to anyone??? Is that a source of economic export for them?
Originally posted by makeitso
I'm realizing what nobody is talking about.
Israel just walked right thru brand new Russian state of the art Pantsir-S1 air-defense systems that Syria paid almost $1 Billion for.
Oh, thats bad enough, but theres more to it than that.
Israel didn't just defeat Syria's Russian air defenses, oh no. They defeated the latest, greatest, supposedly un-jammable, Russian super air-defense while Russian experts were still onsite training Syria. : Israel flew right in and out while Russia was operating the systems for Syria!
This makes the new system outdated before they even got all the units deployed, yes, and that was just for giggles. Making the Russians red faced. Thats priceless!
Also, since these units are being deployed to Iran, well, that means that Israel just whooped Syrian, Iranian, and Russian air defenses in one fell swoop!
Now why isn't that in the news?
Originally posted by stumason
EDIT: The Syrians haven't taken delivery of a single Pantsir-S1 system yet. The deal was signed last year and the first delivery is not due until the END of 2008
You make huge assumptions in your post that have little bearing on reality.