Bush: Olmert asked to me strike Syria, but I refused

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November 5, 2010 19:50

 
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Former US President George W. Bush has revealed that he considered ordering the US military to strike a suspected Syrian nuclear facility at Israel's request in 2007, however in the end he opted against it.

In his memoir, "Decision Points," which is due to be released on Tuesday, Bush says he received an intelligence report about a "suspicious, well-hidden facility in the eastern desert of Syria," and then telephoned then Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to discuss what action to take.

Reports at the time suggested that Israel was behind the bombing that eventually destroyed the facility, which Syria denied was aimed at developing a nuclear weapons capability.

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