September 17, 2007

TOLERATE EVIL REGIMES, EXPECT EVIL BEHAVIOR:

N Korean ship 'linked to Israel's strike on Syria' (Tim Butcher, 17/09/2007, Daily Telegraph)

A suspicious North Korean freighter that re-flagged itself as South Korean before off-loading an unknown cargo at the Syrian port of Tartous is at the centre of efforts today to investigate Israel's recent airstrike on Syria.

An Israeli on-line data analyst, Ronen Solomon, found an internet trace for the 1,700-tonne cargo ship, Al Hamed, which showed the vessel started to off-load what Syrian officials categorised as "cement" on Sept 3.

This was three days before Israeli jets attacked a site in the north eastern desert of Syria, not far from its border with Iraq.

Since leaving Tartous, one of Syria's main ports on the Mediterranean, the ship's trace has disappeared and it is not known whether western intelligence agencies are tracking the vessel.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 17, 2007 7:03 PM
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