WikiLeaks: U.S. Strains to Stop Arms Flow

(New York Times) Michael R. Gordon and Andrew W. Lehren - "Syria's determined support of Hizbullah's military build-up, particularly the steady supply of longer-range rockets and the introduction of guided missiles, could change the military balance and produce a scenario significantly more destructive than the July-August 2006 war," said a November 2009 cable from the American charge d'affaires in Damascus. According to cables, Syrian leaders appeared to believe that the weapons shipments increased their political leverage with the Israelis. A February 2010 cable noted that the Americans received intelligence reports that the Syrians were about to provide Hizbullah with Scud-D missiles, which are based on North Korean technology.

2010-12-07 08:11:29

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