Breaking: US Attacks Syria in Cross-Border Raid
The US military is fed up with Syria’s open support of Iraqi jihadis, and today they sent helicopters into Syrian territory in a strike targeting a family that has been helping the jihadis get across the border: Syria: US choppers attack village near Iraq border.
DAMASCUS, Syria – 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.
UPDATE at 10/26/08 4:54:28 pm: