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U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) backed what she said was an Israeli attack on a Syrian nuclear target.

“What we think we know is that with North Korean help, financial and technical and material, the Syrians apparently were putting together, and perhaps over some period of years, a nuclear facility, and the Israelis took it out,” the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination said in a debate Sept. 26. “I strongly support that.” The Bush administration, Israel and Syria have been reticent to discuss the Sept. 6 incident in detail, and Clinton was challenged during the debate over her certainty that Israel was targeting a nuclear program. “There was evidence of a North Korea freighter coming in with supplies,” she said. “There was intelligence and other kinds of verification. So I don’t think it’s a question of if they ‘feel it.’ That is a much higher standard of proof. Apparently it was met with respect to Syria.”

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