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North Korea... and Syria?

Oct 15, 2007

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Barrie Hardymon

Okay, so Israel and Syria are famously not CFF's (Country Friends Forever). In fact, you may have noticed that Israel's friends are all long distance. But here's a confusing story that might have you asking, "Um... what is North Korea doing in all of this?" Back in September, Israel conducted a "mysterious" air raid over Syria, prompting much speculation (not to mention outrage on the part of Syria) about what Israel bombed, and why. David Sanger and Mark Mazzetti broke some pieces of this story yesterday, reporting that the bombing was conducted against a partly constructed nuclear reactor. The reactor's design looked very much like a North Korean one — but nobody's actually addressing what part the North Koreans may have played in Syria's reactor. Confused? We are too... that's why we've got David Sanger from the New York Times to explain it all.

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