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GI's and Syrians in Tense Clashes on Iraqi Border

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posted on Oct, 15 2005 @ 09:49 AM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 - A series of clashes in the last year between American and Syrian troops, including a prolonged firefight this summer that killed several Syrians, has raised the prospect that cross-border military operations may become a dangerous new front in the Iraq war, according to current and former military and government officials.



The firefight, between Army Rangers and Syrian troops along the border with Iraq, was the most serious of the conflicts with President Bashar al-Assad's forces, according to American and Syrian officials.

It illustrated the dangers facing American troops as Washington tries to apply more political and military pressure on a country that President Bush last week labeled one of the "allies of convenience" with Islamic extremists. He also named Iran.

One of Mr. Bush's most senior aides, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject, said that so far American military forces in Iraq had moved right up to the border to cut off the entry of insurgents, but he insisted that they had refrained from going over it.

Increasingly, officials say, Syria is to the Iraq war what Cambodia was in the Vietnam War: a sanctuary for fighters, money and supplies to flow over the border and, ultimately, a place for a shadow struggle.

According to people who have spoken with Special Operations commanders, teams like the Army's Delta Force are well suited for reconnaissance and intelligence gathering inside Syria. They could identify and disrupt the lines of communications, sanctuaries and gathering points used by foreign Arab fighters and Islamist extremists seeking to wage war against American troops in Iraq.

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New York Times

So it has Started.

Border Clashes between Syrian and US Troops are probably the Intro into War with Syria - or has the War already begun, and we have no information about it.




posted on Oct, 16 2005 @ 09:05 PM
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The artical you posted said that US FORCES HAVE NOT CROSSED THE BOARDER. Thus, no war has begun unless Syria has declared war on the US.

The fact that instead of taking out those attacking Iraqi civilians, the Syrian soldiers chose to engage US soldiers across the boarder speeks volumes as to Syrias true intentions.

Frankly, if Syria engages US troops in Iraq, the US should simply kill them. They are in fact committing an act of war by doing so.



posted on Oct, 16 2005 @ 10:52 PM
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Frankly, if Syria engages US troops in Iraq, the US should simply kill them. They are in fact committing an act of war by doing so.


Amen! The fact that only 7 Syrian soldiers have died thus far illustrates the American's restraint. If we wanted to play hardball and really start a shadow war in Syria then we would have already brought in the heavy artillary and there'd be a hell of a lot more than 7 Syrian deaths. As it stands right now I'm willing to bet that all we're doing is returning fire from a hostile force (except we have much better aim).



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