October 29, 2005


Syria accuses US of launching lethal raids over its borders (Harry de Quetteville, 29/10/2005, Daily Telegraph)

Syria has accused the United States of launching lethal military raids into its territory from Iraq, escalating the diplomatic crisis between the two countries as the Bush administration seeks to step up pressure on President Bashar Assad's regime.

Major General Amid Suleiman, a Syrian officer, said that American cross-border attacks into Syria had killed at least two border guards, wounded several more and prompted an official complaint to the American embassy in Damascus. [...]

The charge follows leaks in Washington that the US has already engaged in military raids into Syria and is contemplating launching special forces operations on Syrian soil to eliminate insurgent networks before they reach Iraq.

"No one in the administration has any problem with acting tough on Syria; it is the one thing they all agree on," said Edward Walker, a former US ambassador to Egypt and Israel, who is now head of the Middle East Institute think-tank. "I've heard there have been some cross-border activities, and it certainly makes sense as a warning to Syria that if they don't take care of the problem the US will step up itself."

But he warned that the increased blurring of battle lines between Iraq and Syria could turn a diplomatic stand-off between the two nations, playing out at the UN, into a fully fledged military confrontation. "It could escalate. With Syrian border guards getting shot, it could turn into a major issue."

Ya' think?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 29, 2005 8:59 PM

War is not a children's schoolyard game, with some "free zone" from which one belligerant may strike another and then flee to safety. North Vietnam could not so hide behind the Cambodian border, nor could Mexico allow its territory to be used as a refuge for Villa's raiders.

IDEA! Somebody quickly tell Cindy Sheehan that Syria need some human shields.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 29, 2005 9:27 PM

Only two? We need to use heavier weapons.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 29, 2005 9:36 PM

It's about time. Faster, please! Damascus is not that far.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 30, 2005 3:52 AM