Revisiting Osirak: Preventive Attacks and Nuclear Proliferation Risks

@article{BrautHegghammer2011RevisitingOP,
  title={Revisiting Osirak: Preventive Attacks and Nuclear Proliferation Risks},
  author={M{\aa}lfrid Braut-Hegghammer},
  journal={International Security},
  year={2011},
  volume={36},
  pages={101-132}
}
Thirty years after the Israeli attack on the Osirak reactor in June 1981 the consequences for Iraq's nuclear weapons program remain hotly debated. A new history of this program, based on several new Iraqi sources, yields a net assessment of the impact of the Israeli attack that differs from prevailing accounts. The attack had mixed effects: it triggered a covert nuclear weapons program that did not previously exist, while necessitating a more difficult and time-consuming technical route to… Expand

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