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Iran is helping finance and construct a nuclear reactor in Syria, Saudi daily Okaz reported a former Syrian parliamentarian as saying. Mohammad Barmo, who is now a political dissident fighting to unseat Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, has made the explosive accusation in the past. Another Al-Kibar nuclear weapons production plant? German newspaper Spiegel Online reported in 2015 that Syria’s nuclear program was continuing in a secret underground facility near the southern border with Lebanon.
Syria 2007 IDF Bombing of Al-Kibar nuclear reactor, Operation Outside the Box also known as Operation Orchard,
The reactor, built secretly with the help of North Korea, was located just outside Deir al-Zor, the largest city in eastern Syria. The facility was almost identical to the Yongbyon nuclear complex in North Korea that produced plutonium for nuclear bombs, according to Israeli intelligence officials, and it was only weeks away from beginning to produce highly radioactive materials.
Eight F-15s and F-16s took off from the Hatzerim and Ramon air bases in the south of the country an hour or so before midnight on September 5 and flew silently toward their target. Protected by sophisticated electronic jamming systems that blinded Syria’s air defenses, the Israeli planes had no trouble dropping 17 tons of explosives on the target, which was camouflaged as an agricultural farm, and were able to confirm visually that, in three potent minutes, it had been flattened. The danger that an Arab enemy bordering Israel would attain the doomsday weapon was removed.