Did the Israeli’s hit a Scud shipment? That is what Chris Nelson suggested on 9/19:
In fact, as our headline, above, notes, we have absolutely solid information that the Israeli bombing raid on Syria was aimed at…and took out…missiles and/or weapons parts. Period.
All the stories being floated about Israeli intelligence sources hinting that it was a North Korean/Syrian nuclear weapons project, or site, are BS, albeit of varying motivation.
What remains under some debate is whether the missiles/parts can be 100% ascribed to N. Korea. Most unclassified evidence … points at Pyongyang.
And, from 9/20:
So for what its worth, our best sources continue to maintain the intel, such as it is, confirms “missiles and/or weapons parts”, most likely from N. Korea, and possibly including a Russian radar installation (which might have been helping guard the site).
Now that, in contrast to these silly nuclear weapons claims, is eminently sensible and consistent with intelligence reporting. The Neslon Report has been a god-send in sorting through this silly story.
The export of missiles is
not strictly [see below] illegal — note the North Korean missiles shipped to Yemen — but then again one can imagine why the Israelis were annoyed enough to take a poke at the shipment.
Update: When thinking about the legality of the missile shipment, I was thinking about sanctions on Syria. I forgot that UNSC 1718 (October 2006) not only prohibits exports of certain goods to the DPRK, but also decides “that all Member States shall prohibit the procurement of [military items, including ballistic missiles] from the DPRK”. Thanks for Pieter Wezeman at SIPRI for pointing that out.