Ravings From The Bog

US Attacks Syrian Civilians – Cynical Election Ploy?

It has been reported from Sana, the Syrian News Agency, that US forces have invaded their sovereign territory and launched a terrorist raid against civilians involved in constructing a building near the Iraqi border. Is this just another means of raising the “we’re at war – don’t change the leadership” flag to support McCain’s run to be POTUS? To be honest, I had expected something along the lines of a US-sponsored Israeli strike at Iranian “nuclear facilities” in the run up to the election – this is more subtle but with the same outcome!

US helicopter-borne troops have carried out a raid inside Syria along the Iraqi border, killing eight people including a woman, Syrian authorities say.

The official Syrian news agency Sana said the raid took place in the Abu Kamal border area, in eastern Syria.

It said that American soldiers on four helicopters had stormed a building under construction on Sunday night.

The US says it is investigating. It has previously accused Syria of allowing foreign militants into Iraq.

“Four American helicopters violated Syrian airspace around 16:45 local time (1345 GMT) on Sunday,” state television and Sana news agency said.

It said that “American soldiers” who had emerged from helicopters “attacked a civilian building under construction and fired at workmen inside, causing eight deaths”.

“The helicopters then left Syrian territory towards Iraqi territory,” Sana said.

“We are in the process of investigating this,” Sgt Brooke Murphy, a US military spokesman, told the AFP news agency in Baghdad.

The area is near the Iraqi border city of Qaim, which had been a major crossing point for fighters, weapons and money travelling into Iraq to fuel the Sunni insurgency.

Washington has accused Damascus of turning a blind eye to the problem.





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