Tourist Trip To HalabiyeFrom ArmsControlWonk
As you might know, close to the reactor there is an old Byzantine fortress called Halabiye (Frank Pabian mentioned it in his presentation). Tourists only seldom visit Halabiye, but still some travel-guides mention it, so a visit to the fortress was not too obvious. I tried to see how close I could get to the reactor, in the end I was 1.5 km away.
August 2009 IAEA Reports on Iran, SyriaAugust 2009 IAEA Reports on Iran and Syria. Commentary available at armscontrolwonk.com
Syria to allow probe of alleged nuclear siteSyria will allow in U.N. inspectors to probe allegations that the country was building a nuclear reactor at a remote site destroyed in an Israeli airstrike, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday. [via Yahoo! News]
ISIS: Box on the Euphrates reportISIS have released an impressive and comprehensive report detailing the deception techniques used by the Syrians for the Box on the Euphrates.
A good discussion thread is over at armscontrolwonk
Clean Up in DesertNew satellite imagery show that a Syrian site believed to have been attacked by Israel last month no longer bears any obvious traces of what some analysts said appeared to have been a partly built nuclear reactor.
"It took down this facility so quickly it looks like they are trying to hide something," said David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, which analyzed the images.
An image taken Wednesday by a DigitalGlobe commercial satellite shows tractors or bulldozers and scrape marks on the ground where the building stood in photos taken prior to the September Israeli attack. The Syrians reported an attack by Israel in early September; the Israelis have not confirmed that.
Now that the site has been razed, it is going to be harder to figure what was there...
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