Bush: Israeli air strike on Syria sent a strong message

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

US President George W. Bush on Tuesday defended his government's decision to disclose details of a September 2007 Israeli air strike on a suspected Syrian nuclear facility.

The president told reporters in Washington that getting the evidence that led to the strike out in public, and confirming that Israel had in fact executed the highly successful raid, sent a strong message to both Syria and Iran.

Bush also said that the disclosure, which was made at a closed-door congressional hearing last week, served to warn North Korea that the US and its allies "may know more about you than you think."

CIA officials said intelligence gathered at the Syrian nuclear facility indicated direct North Korean involvement, and that the reactor was just weeks away from becoming operational when Israel destroyed it.

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