Alleged Syrian reactor in 2003 photo


A 2003 photo shows the alleged nuclear reactor Israel bombed in Syria last month under construction.

The Sept. 16, 2003 photo, released by GeoEye, an aerial image archive in Dulles, Va., and published in Saturday’s New York Times, suggests that Syria’s nuclear weapons program long predates the Sept. 6 Israeli attack. Initial reports suggested that the reactor Israel allegedly targeted was in its nascent stage.

Israel, Syria and the United States will not confirm the nature of the attack.

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