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26 October 2008

Is Bush trying to start World War III before he leaves office?

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American helicopters kill civilians in Syria:

American military helicopters have tonight attacked an area along Syria's border with Iraq, causing casualties, according to reports on Syrian state TV and from witnesses. Quoting unnamed Syrian officials, the television report said the area is near the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal.

Local residents told the Associated Press by telephone that two helicopters carrying US soldiers raided a farm in Hwijeh village, 10 miles (17km) inside Syria's border.

An official Syrian spokesman confirmed eight people were killed in the attack. Witnesses said five others were wounded; one of the witnesses said five of the dead were from a single family. The residents refused to allow their names to be given because they feared they would be harassed by authorities.

The US military in Baghdad had no immediate comment.

The area 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.

The Syrian foreign ministry has summoned the US charge d'affaires in Damascus to protest at the raid, Syria's state news agency SANA reported tonight. Syria's deputy foreign minister had informed the US official of "Syria's protest and condemnation of this serious attack", it said. The Iraqi charge d'affaires had been summoned for the same reason, it said.

Iraqi insurgents seized Qaim in April 2005, forcing US marines to recapture the town the following month in heavy fighting. The area became secure only after Sunni tribes in Anbar turned against al-Qaida in late 2006 and joined forces with the Americans.

(cross posted at appletree)

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5 Comments:

Anonymous R J Adams said...

George's favorite song:
"Anything Israel can do, I can do better......"

11:44 am  
Anonymous martha said...

Gordo, a one word answer to your leading question is ------YES.

1:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do they hate us?

6:15 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

Syria fears damage to Europe ties

By Jeremy Bowen
BBC Middle East Editor


Mr Muallem said he did not want relations with Europe to be affected
It was not the visit to London that the Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem was expecting.

The plan was to meet Britain's foreign secretary, David Miliband, as part of a diplomatic opening to Europe that has already included a visit to Damascus by the French president, Nicholas Sarkozy.

A joint news conference was scheduled at Mr Miliband's official residence, just off the Mall, the processional avenue that leads to Buckingham Palace.

But the attack on Syrian territory changed all of that.

Whether or not Britain was tipped off by the Americans - the British say they were not - the joint appearance was cancelled, hastily.

Read more here.

10:42 am  
Anonymous bootlean said...

Anonymous - "Why do they hate us?"

Easy. Every passing day we gift them yet another reason to.

10:44 am  

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