Syrian Summons American Ambassador for Explanation for the Incursion

by on October 26, 2008 · 6 comments

in Military

UPDATE: Go here for latest.  And here.

Richard Engel of NBC just reported that the Syrian government has angrily summoned the U.S. ambassador for an explanation on the American incursion into Syrian territory.

Iraq-Syria border region where U.S. incursion occurred. (google maps)

American commandos in four helicopters flew across the Syrian border and attacked a village about ten miles from the border. (see red area of map.) Up to nine people were killed. Two of the helicopters landed, the troops disembarked and then assaulted a building.

Richard Engel reported this morning that just last week, a local American commander complained that Syria was not doing enough to halt the flow of fighters coming into Iraq from Syria.

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mr fresh October 26, 2008 at 2:15 pm

symour hersh is reported to be working on a piece for the new yorker about covert operations in syria, according to an article in last sundays guardian. if sy hersh is on the story, you can be assured that this is the tip of the iceberg.


Monty Reed Kroopkin October 26, 2008 at 2:25 pm

“…a local American commander complained that Syria was not doing enough to halt the flow of fighters coming into Iraq from Syria.”

How about stopping the flow of U.S. fighters coming into Iraq from the U.S.A.?


Richard Nadeau October 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Syria you have now officially entered the “war on terror.”

This is the first US military incursion into Syrian territory
ever – is is military expansion and should be taken seriously .

Good timing huh? days before the election? 8 civilians killed? I thought we didn’t kill civilians.


Stu October 27, 2008 at 10:20 am

We have been conducting covert operations into most middle eastern countries for years. This one just appears to be more blatent than the past ones. I am actually a little surprized it made the press and that the Syrians are complaing about it. I guess we’re losing more internatioinal friends every day


Patty Jones October 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm

Maybe the only reason it made some of main stream press is because the bloggers picked it up and have pushed it into the light.


Frank Gormlie October 27, 2008 at 5:23 pm

The above map was prepared by Patty – and it was picked up by CNN and CBS for a while on Sunday, 27 of Oct.


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