Skip to comments.Syria says border troops fired on by U.S. forces (now I feel bad)
Posted on 07/22/2005 5:58:39 AM PDT by Valin
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria said on Thursday its border troops had been fired on by U.S. and Iraqi forces and accused Washington, London and Baghdad of lack of cooperation in preventing insurgents infiltrating into Iraq.
It was the first time Syria, which has a 600 km (375 mile) desert border with Iraq, had reported cases of U.S. troops firing on its forces.
The Foreign Ministry told heads of diplomatic missions in Damascus in a letter obtained by Reuters that Syrian border troops had been subject to attacks "not only by infiltrators and smugglers but by the Iraqi and American forces."
"The border clashes amounted to about 100 armed clashes, some of which were carried out by American soldiers who opened fire arbitrarily at those present behind the dirt rampart due to loss of self control," said the ministry.
The U.S. military in Iraq has launched several operations against insurgents near the border in the past few months but has not reported any cross-border fire.
U.S. officials accuse Syria of not doing enough to stop insurgents from crossing into Iraq to fight U.S. and Iraqi forces and often say that guerrillas are using Syria as a conduit for the transfer of funds to fuel the insurgency.
"Syria ... needs to take steps to go after those ... elements that may be operating on their territory and they need to play a helpful role with their neighbors," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
"Syria has been out of step with the rest of the Middle East. The Middle East has been leaning more and more in the direction of freedom and democracy," said McClellan.
The ministry said Syria was doing its utmost to seal its border with Iraq from being crossed by Syrian and other foreign insurgents.
Syria had prevented 1,240 suspects from crossing into Iraq and extradited most of them to their respective countries, said the ministry.
About 4,000 Syrians "who left or attempted to leave to Iraq to fight there have been investigated," it said.
The United States and Britain had failed to respond to Syrian requests for night vision and radar-based monitoring systems to prevent night infiltrations, said the letter, delivered to envoys by Deputy Foreign Minister Waleed al-Mualem.
Syria said daytime infiltrations were now "a very difficult issue (for insurgents) but the problem of infiltrations still persists to a certain extent during the night because of the lack of necessary technical equipment to monitor the border."
It said Iraq had so far failed to ratify a protocol for security cooperation signed in Damascus in July 2004 and subsequent agreements.
Stability in Iraq was in the interest of Syria because it paved the way for the end of the presence of U.S.-led forces in Iraq, said the letter.
Oh quit playing around. Damascus should be invaded to clean out that rats nest.
Two years too late
Fired on? And the problem is what? We should have bombed them.
tell Syria to get with the program or they're toast.
If we had troops that opened fired on Syrian security forces, I don't blame them 'em a bit.
The Syrians have sat back and let most every fanatic and crank cross their border into Iraq.
It's only a matter of time (if it hasn't happened already) that there's a major border incursion by our troops into Syria. They may be chasing terrorists across the border and may not stop at the toll-gate, so to speak.
I, for one, will applaud that.
they were just warming up for the real thing
Doesn't sound like stuff we should provide an enemy.
Fired on? And the problem is what?
I'll get back to you on that, as soon as I find the problem.
You might want to pack a lunch as this may take awhile.
Maybe pack a few meals - lol.
Fired on? My question is how many did we kill... that is what's important.
There, I fixed the sentence.
Is it possible that we were firing back? The Syrian version doesn't say who fired first.
More applause from the background.
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