Israel put an end to Syria’s alleged nuclear ambitions in 2006 when they bombed the country’s secret site near the Iraqi border.

Dubbed “Operation Orchard” or “Operation Outside the Box”, Israeli F-15 and F-16 warplanes bombed an alleged nuclear site some 30 kilometers outside of Deir Ezzor city in Syria’s eastern region.

While Israel kept this attack quiet for over a decade, they finally broke their silence in March 2017 when they claimed responsibility for the bombing.

According to the Haaretz publication,  a former high-ranking Iranian security advisor named General Ali Reza Askari first confirmed the bombing in 2007 after he defected to the United States in 2007.

“Askari provided highly valuable information. Among other things, he reported details about the Syrian nuclear program that had been financed by Iran and built by the North Koreans. They were constructing a graphite-moderated reactor named Al Kibar that was supposed to produce weapons-grade plutonium,” tbe War is Boring publication claimed.

While the U.S. did not play a part in the Israeli bombing of the alleged nuclear site, they did monitor the attack using their electronic surveillance equipment.

The Attack

According to War is Boring, the Israeli special forces commando from the IDF’s most elite unit, Sayeret Matkal, managed to infiltrate and collect intelligence at the nuclear construction site.

“On Sept. 5, after weeks of clandestine political debates in Israel’s security cabinet, the IDF got the green light for Operation Orchard. In the same night, 10 F-15 and F-16 fighter jets took off at Israel’s Ramat David air base. First, they flew northwards along the Mediterranean coast, and then suddenly, they turned east along the Syrian-Turkish border. Blinding Syrian air-defense systems with electronic countermeasures and destroying a radar station, they entered into Syria’s air space,” the publication, the publication claimed, adding that “around 12:45 in the morning, the pilots reported the successful execution of the operation. The Syrian nuclear reactor was destroyed before it could go online. The Israeli war planes returned home unharmed.”

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Syria’s Response

Syria officially denied the site was a nuclear facility, despite a great deal of speculation regarding the Israeli attack.

“Is it logical? A nuclear site did not have protection with surface to air defences? A nuclear site within the footprint of satellites in the middle of Syria in an open area in the desert?” Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told Qatar’s al-Watan newspaper in an interview shortly after the Israeli attack.

“The truth is that the raid was at a military site under construction,” Assad said in the interview. “We are against mass destruction weapons for Israel, Iran or others.”

“Where would we use it? On Israel it would kill the Palestinians. I do not see this as logical,” the Syrian President said, adding “why did they raid it, we do not know what data they had, but they know and they see through satellites; they have raided an incomplete site that did not have any personnel or anything. It was empty.”

The Syrian government has maintained that this facility was never used for nuclear research or the development of these weapons, despite Israel’s claims.

Today

As of today, the site is currently under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who managed to capture the area during an offensive against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh).

While the site is out of Syrian government control in eastern Syria, it still remains somewhat intact.

As seen in Israel’s recent attacks on Damascus and Homs, the Syrian government has quite a few sites that are masked as construction sites, which could have indeed been military research buildings.

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Furthermore, Israel’s attack on the Osirak Nuclear Reactor near Baghdad in 1981 showed their meticulous research and willingness to prevent their enemies from attaining nuclear capabilities.

Since Deir Ezzor is quite far from their border, as was the Osirak Nuclear Reactor, Israel would be taking a major risk to hit a construction site without some kind of proof that it is being used to produce internationally prohibited weapons.

What exactly was being developed at this site in eastern Deir Ezzor is up for debate; however, it appears Israel had known about it for quite some time before actually attacking it.

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Uranium munition leaves dust that burns everything around the hole made by the projectile. So you can determine the use of uranium ammunition. In all soil samples, we found depleted uranium. Unfortunately, uranium-236 was also found in most of the soil and dust samples — it is even more intense and poisonous. Its radiation is even stronger and does not occur in nature. It can only be produced artificially during reprocessing of fuel rods. This means that we were able to prove that the military, the United States and its coalition allies used uranium munitions made from spent uranium fuel… Read more »

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Sputnik should take a look at what ammos Russian army uses and what Soviets used in Afghanistan. The only ones having banned depleted uranium use are EU countries 🤣

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Any way, so you’re all warned : don’t fück with the West or the Russian 🤣🤣🤣🤣
I’m 100% OK with the use of depleted uranium, cluster bombs, napalm and white phosphorus and even some nastier things. Why depriving us from efficient weapons? Remember : Yankees had no problem at using nukes against a non-nuclear country. All you need to understand is that better not enter competition when you’r not fit for. Evolution is all about the survival of the fittest and the fittest ain’t you.

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Maybe because those all nice super weapon that give you weakling coward a hard on from the safety of your armchair have a tendency to first, kill a lot more people than intended when they fall in an horrendous way, and a couple generations of children yet unborn usually have to bear the toxic consequences of those munitions decades after the war has ended, things like that ? Something your brain cannot ever process : “innocents dying en masse for a long time.” I bet you have no problem with the cruelest ways of destroying humans lives, no need to… Read more »

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No surprise here. And frankly I doubt the story. Afterwards the West claimed to have fount residue of radiation. But as the site was stil under construction how could there be radiation. And as the US is now controlling this area they could come up with indisputable proof. The don’t.

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Assad would have bought it from Kim North Korea. Kim needs crudle petrol. Kim gives him a couple nuclear bombs.
https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201904031073767110-us-radiation-spread/

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No Smoking Gun in Syria Israel Bombs Syrian Nuclear Site by Trish Schuh Tehran Times Sept 9, 2007 First print DEIR EZ ZOR, Syria- On a bridge over the Euphrates River at sundown, neighborhood mosques weave a chorus calling Muslims to prayer. This destitute, ramshackle oil town on Iraq’s desert frontier is calm, despite Israel’s September 6 raid on a military base outside the city to destroy Syria’s “nuclear program.” The Qamishli-Deir Ez Zor highway, claimed by Israel to be a weapons route for Iraqi insurgents was also quiet. In the direction of the alleged nuclear plant, no heavy construction… Read more »

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Geiger counters drawn to the area don’t say bullshït : there were fissiles in the plant, although in low quantity.

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Ashraf al-Ajrami, a former Palestinian Authority minister of prisoner affairs, argues that the Hamas terror group made a significant error in how it dealt with recent protests against the high cost of living and taxes in the Gaza Strip. “Instead of Hamas viewing this popular protest movement…as an apolitical initiative, it saw it as a threat to its rule and perhaps its existence and decided to suppress the people and fight their legitimate and peaceful movement,” he writes in Sawa, a Gaza-based news site, on Wednesday. “In doing so, [Hamas] made a fateful and substantial mistake. Force cannot be the… Read more »

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Force cannot be the solution to confronting angry masses, searching for their basic rights.” ==> well, you Israelis could definitely take that advice for whatever occupied territory where you still kill unarmed and unaware teenagers, volunteer medics, and wheelchair-bound people everytime they shout at the border, to name only that. Which basically means the whole of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and the Shebaa farms. All in all, pieces of territory from every single of your neighbors bar powerful Egypt who swore to fight you and cost you every 5 years until you finally give it up.… Read more »

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@Gryz, whose fault is it – that they over bred and over grazed the resources in Ghaza? They doubled in how many years?

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Whose fault is this indeed, that they can only live in tiny enclaves scattered between otherwise occupied and Israeli-exclusive fertiles and relatively way more vast and livable, healthy areas ? whenever illegal settlements get overcrowded (average number of children per settlers is more than 3 and they follow the Thora’s call to “go and multiply”, for reminders) they simply have to ask the government for more space, funds and ressources by extending into nearby Palestinian lands, ask Tsahal to expel their inhabitant by force and take over. Rinse & repeat since 67 and we see now what are the UN-recognized… Read more »

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@Gryz, with their high birthrate the Palestinians would over graze the occupied areas too – if they got them back. Their UN stipends are big and so they multiply at maximum speed. Not the settlers with their more than three but the Ultra Orthodox and the Arab Jews are the most fecund Israelis. With the Ultra Orthodox mostly on welfare just like Palestinians. What tells us that?

And the Arab Jews are in Israel because the Muslim countries forced them to go to Israel (right to return). The Palestinian demands forget this aspect of the problem.

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I never said Palestinians, like any other people, hadn’t problems of their own. They will also have to get rid of their fanatic elements such as Hamas, as that is up to them to take care of their own future once they stopped being an oppressed people deprived of its basic right to live normally. But the situation in Gaza helps them a lot in keeping power, since the people will always see them as the resistance more than they will want to see their oppression. Than went from 15% to 90% during Operation Hot Winter, pretty much the same… Read more »

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Assad would buy Kim’s bomb in North Korea. Kim needs oil. Kim has too many bombs. Oil for a bomb.