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A U.S. strike on a network of foreign fighters in Syria killed its main target — an Al Qaeda coordinator who was wanted for sending foreign fighters, weapons and cash into Iraq, a U.S. official told FOX News.
Killed in Sunday's attack by Special Operations Forces was Abu Ghadiyain, Al Qaeda's senior coordinator operating in Syria who was closely associated with the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq.
The assault, which took place about 4-5 miles inside Syria, came just days after the commander of U.S. forces in western Iraq said American troops were redoubling efforts to secure the border, which he called an "uncontrolled" gateway for fighters entering Iraq.
Originally posted by Allred5923
reply to post by xoxo stacie
We should of "Not" crossed that border of air space into Syria, the USA is getting big britches too openly commit an act such as this, and I for one don't approve of the action that was taken.
Originally posted by xoxo stacie
U.S. Official: Syrian Strike Killed Al Qaeda Target
A U.S. strike on a network of foreign fighters in Syria led to the capture of an Al Qaeda coordinator who was wanted for sending operatives, weapons and cash into Iraq, a U.S. official told FOX News.
The entire senior leadership of Ghadiya's network was also killed in the raid, the official stated.
The identity of Ghadiya and several members of his senior staff has been known since February 2008 when the US Treasury identified Ghadiya, his brother, and his two cousins as members of the network. The US Treasury department publicly designated Ghadiya, his brother, Akram Turki Hishan Al Mazidih, and his two cousins, Ghazy Fezza Hishan Al Mazidih and Saddah Jaylut Al Marsumis as senior members of al Qaeda's foreign facilitation network.
A senior US general and the Iraqi spokesmen both noted that al Qaeda leaders were openly living inside Syria, and the Syrian government did nothing to shut down the network. "The attacked area was the scene of activities of terrorist groups operating from Syria against Iraq," Ali al Dabbagh, Iraq's spokesman told Reuters. "Iraq had asked Syria to hand over this group which uses Syria as a base for its terrorist activities."
Originally posted by E-ville
OK so why could they not have says , Hey Syria we have AlQuida at this location do we have permission to go in and get them?
All they would needed is permission from Syria and this would not be any issue at all..
The USA needs to quit policing the world with my tax money!
Originally posted by princeofpeace
About freaking time. Countries who harbor Al Queda ahve been warned time and time again. Now the US is doing something about. Syria knows who they have in their country...they didnt do anything about it and the US just did.
Originally posted by Chris McGee
Seems to me it was probably an opportunistic strike.
This page shows his residence to be Zabadani which is all the way on the western side of Syria, probably out of range for this type of incursion. I would think they got some info that he was in or near Abu Kamal which is well within range so they just decided to go for it.