Friday, September 14, 2007

Israel-Syria: The Latest

A report originating in a Kuwaiti newspaper claims that the Turkish military supplied Israel with the intelligence which led to its September 7 air strike in northeastern Syria. According to this account, the secularist military was concerned over the Islamist government's failure to crack down on arms smuggling between Iran and Syria through southeastern Turkey. This I actually find plausible.

Meanwhile, a State Department official named Andrew Semmel is claiming that North Koreans are in Syria, and that Syria is trying to use them to develop nuclear weapons. Since I've never heard of Andrew Semmel, I have no idea where he might fit into an intra-administration battle over North Korea policy.

(Crossposted to American Footprints)

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