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  1. #1 Syria: US choppers attack village near Iraq border 
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    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - U.S. military helicopters attacked territory inside Syria close to its border with Iraq Sunday, killing eight people in a strike the Syrian government condemned as "serious aggression."


    A U.S. military official said the raid by special forces targeted the foreign fighter network that travels through Syria into Iraq in an area where the Americans have been unable to shut it down because it was out of the military's reach.

    "We are taking matters into our own hands," the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of cross-border raids.

    The attack came just days after the commander of U.S. forces in western Iraq said American troops were redoubling efforts to secure the Syrian border, which he called an "uncontrolled" gateway for fighters entering Iraq.


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    I saw this earlier on BBC and thought...no....that ain't right. Couldn't be.

    I hate the damned Syrians, but this sounds dangerous.
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  3. #3 US special forces launch rare attack inside Syria."We will go after them where ever 
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    US special forces launch rare attack inside Syria.
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    "Ubaidah Al-Saif, who is associated with Al-Fajr Media in Iraq, as part of what is called "The Islamic State of Iraq," said on April 25: "The plans of the cross worshippers and their henchmen have collapsed." He quotes "House Majority Leader Harry Reid" (he means Senate majority leader) as saying, "The Iraqi war is hopeless and the situation in Iraq is the same as it was in Vietnam."

    Al-Saif declares American morale is declining and "…our battle against the enemy is first and foremost the will to fight and the length of the battle does not rest with the cross worshippers." He calls for his fighters to "be patient" and Allah will give them victory. Patience is not one of America's virtues."


    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - U.S. military helicopters launched an extremely rare attack Sunday on Syrian territory close to the border with Iraq, killing eight people in a strike the government in Damascus condemned as "serious aggression."

    A U.S. military official said the raid by special forces targeted the foreign fighter network that travels through Syria into Iraq.

    The Americans have been unable to shut the network down in the area because Syria was out of the military's reach.

    "We are taking matters into our own hands," the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of cross-border raids.

    The attack came just days after the commander of U.S. forces in western Iraq said American troops were redoubling efforts to secure the Syrian border, which he called an "uncontrolled" gateway for fighters entering Iraq.

    A Syrian government statement said the helicopters attacked the Sukkariyeh Farm near the town of Abu Kamal, five miles inside the Syrian border. Four helicopters attacked a civilian building under construction shortly before sundown and fired on workers inside, the statement said.

    The government said civilians were among the dead, including four children.

    A resident of the nearby village of Hwijeh said some of the helicopters landed and troops exited the aircraft and fired on a building. He said the aircraft flew along the Euphrates River into the area of farms and several brick factories. The witness spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information,

    Syria's Foreign Ministry said it summoned the charges d'affaires of the United States and Iraq to protest against the strike.

    "Syria condemns this aggression and holds the American forces responsible for this aggression and all its repercussions. Syria also calls on the Iraqi government to shoulder its responsibilities and launch and immediate investigation into this serious violation and prevent the use of Iraqi territory for aggression against Syria," the government statement said.

    The area targeted is near the Iraqi border city of Qaim, which had been a major crossing point for fighters, weapons and money coming into Iraq to fuel the Sunni insurgency.

    Iraqi travelers making their way home across the border reported hearing many explosions, said Farhan al-Mahalawi, mayor of Qaim.

    On Thursday, U.S. Maj. Gen. John Kelly said Iraq's western borders with Saudi Arabia and Jordan were fairly tight as a result of good policing by security forces in those countries but that Syria was a "different story."

    "The Syrian side is, I guess, uncontrolled by their side," Kelly said. "We still have a certain level of foreign fighter movement."

    He added that the U.S. was helping construct a sand berm and ditches along the border.

    "There hasn't been much, in the way of a physical barrier, along that border for years," Kelly said.

    The foreign fighters network sends militants from North Africa and elsewhere in the Middle East to Syria, where elements of the Syrian military are in league with al-Qaida and loyalists of Saddam Hussein's Baath party, the U.S. military official said.

    He said that while American forces have had considerable success, with Iraqi help, in shutting down the "rat lines" in Iraq, and with foreign government help in North Africa, the Syrian node has been out of reach.

    "The one piece of the puzzle we have not been showing success on is the nexus in Syria," the official said.

    The White House in August approved similar special forces raids from Afghanistan across the border of Pakistan to target al-Qaida and Taliban operatives. At least one has been carried out.

    The flow of foreign fighters into Iraq has been cut to an estimated 20 a month, a senior U.S. military intelligence official told the Associated Press in July. That's a 50 percent decline from six months ago, and just a fifth of the estimated 100 foreign fighters who were infiltrating Iraq a year ago, according to the official.

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    Did the President get congressional approval?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwater View Post
    Did the President get congressional approval?

    Your guess is as good as mine but i doubt it. Probably considers it as falling within some of the war powers of the executive. Maybe it does, I just think of this whole region as being on a hair trigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwater View Post
    Did the President get congressional approval?
    The Bush Doctrine. Also authorized (somewhat vaguely) by the U.N. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmPat View Post
    The Bush Doctrine. Also authorized (somewhat vaguely) by the U.N. ;)
    Interesting. Makes sense. The whole region is a powderkeg but maybe the worst thing to do is to allow a situation like the open border with Syria to continue and fester.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmPat View Post
    The Bush Doctrine. Also authorized (somewhat vaguely) by the U.N. ;)
    This saddens me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwater View Post
    This saddens me.
    The warning has been posted almost 6 years. Syria (Assad) has learned nothing from Saddam's legacy. I don't like it either but this border has been an open door and we KNOW what is coming and going from there. This was not an errant strike regardless the inevitable spin from the Liberal media.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AmPat View Post
    The warning has been posted almost 6 years. Syria (Assad) has learned nothing from Saddam's legacy. I don't like it either but this border has been an open door and we KNOW what is coming and going from there. This was not an errant strike regardless the inevitable spin from the Liberal media.
    I'm aware there was reason for the attack, and I'm not neccessarily against it, however proper channels aren't used anymore, and they make frightening precidents.
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