WASHINGTON – The site of the alleged Israeli strike in Syria last week was the country’s main biological and chemical weapons research center, the New York Times reported Monday.

Citing “senior US security sources,” the newspaper said that the center had known ties to a North Korean research center of the same kind. […]

According to the NYT, the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, “Has been the target of American and Western sanctions for more than a decade because of intelligence suggesting that it was the training site for engineers who worked on chemical and biological weaponry.”

Several US security sources said that Jerusalem had informed Washington of the impending strike. A senior US military official said that “the Israelis had a small strike package,” meaning, according to the NYT, that “a relatively few fighter aircraft slipped past Syria’s air defenses and targeted both the missiles and the research center.”