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Strange Strike
With one deadly strike, the Bush administration has offered a fitting epitaph to its "might makes right" policy towards Syria — and the rest of the Middle East. On October 26, nine days before the election, American Special Operations forces, allegedly pursuing a "top operative" of Al Qaeda in Iraq, carried out a helicopter attack on Sukkariyah, a small Syrian village six miles from the Iraqi border. U.S. officials claim the "successful operation" raid killed Abu Ghadiya, an Iraqi suspected of heading an insurgent cell. A Wall Street Journal editorial not only praised the strike but added, "Mr. Obama has promised he'll engage Syria diplomatically as part of an overall effort to end the conflict in Iraq. If he really wants to end the war faster, he'll pick up on Syria where the Bush Administration has now ended." The details of the attack remain murky and the White House has declined to comment. Not so murky is the deplorable fact that eight Syrian civilians, including a farmer, three children, and a fisherman, died as a result of the strike. They were all victims of collateral damage, like the Iraqis and Afghans who have perished as a result of Bush's reckless wars.

Syria Agitated Over U.S. Raid
The Bush administration isn't saying much about its military raid in Syria this past week. The Syrians, however, have been complaining.

Fury sweeps Syria after US raid
Sukkiraya Souad Khousaim in hospital recovering from wounds she says she received in raid - 29/10/2008 Souad Khousaim said she was wounded by US soldiers Souad Khousaim lay very still on her hospital bed and in a quiet voice wracked with pain told me she was one of the innocent victims of Sunday's raid by US special forces.

'US troops' carry out Syria raid
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.

Testifying Before Congress, Rendition Victim Maher Arar Gets Apology From Bi-Partisan Lawmakers but None From White House
A bi-partisan group of Congressmembers have personally apologized to Maher Arar, the Canadian citizen seized by U.S. officials secretly flown to Syria where he was tortured. Arar testified last week before a House panel, the first time he has had a chance to tell his story to U.S. lawmakers. But he couldn’t testify in person. Even though the Canadian government has cleared his name, Arar remains barred from the U.S. because the Bush administration says he poses a national security threat.Testifying Before Congress, Rendition Victim Maher Arar Gets Apology From Bi-Partisan Lawmakers but None From White House A bi-partisan group of Congressmembers have personally apologized to Maher Arar, the Canadian citizen seized by U.S. officials secretly flown to Syria where he was tortured. Arar testified last week before a House panel, the first time he has had a chance to tell his story to U.S. lawmakers. But he couldn’t testify in person. Even though the Canadian government has cleared his name, Arar remains barred from the U.S. because the Bush administration says he poses a national security threat.

US forces battle insurgents near Syria
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- US Marines and soldiers faced sporadic small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades as they entered Karabila on Sunday, part of the military's latest operation in Anbar province.

U.S. Turns Up Heat on Syria to Leave Lebanon
President Bush lashed out at Syria yesterday as his administration outlined a three-pronged strategy to increase pressure on Damascus to quickly pull its troops and intelligence services out of Lebanon.

The Dangerous Implications of the Hariri Assassination and the U.S. Response
The broader implications of the February 14 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was seen by many as the embodiment of the Lebanese people’s efforts to rebuild their country in the aftermath of its 15-year civil war, are yet to unfold. A Sunni Muslim, Hariri reached out to all of Lebanon’s ethnic and religious communities in an effort to unite the country after decades of violence waged by heavily-armed militias and foreign invaders.

United States slaps sanctions on Syria
US president George W Bush signed legislation Friday that aims to punish Syria for alleged ties to terrorists, tacit support for insurgents in Iraq, and efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction.

US Gave Israel Greenlight for Attack
And why not? If America can strike Afghanistan for the international crimes against humanity of 11 September 2001, when 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis, and if America can invade Iraq, which had absolutely nothing to do with 11 September, why shouldn't Israel strike Syria?... If America cannot control Iraq, why should Syria fear Israel?

Cheney's new adviser has sights on Syria
A neo-conservative strategist who has long called for the United States and Israel to work together to "roll back" the Ba'ath-led government in Syria, has been quietly appointed as a Middle East adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Israel's attack is a lethal step towards war in Middle East
Israel received the Green Light. It came from what is called the Syria Accountability Act, moving through the United States Congress with the help of Israel's supporters, that will impose sanctions on Damascus for its supposed enthusiasm for "terrorism" and occupation of Lebanon.

Israeli Warplanes Bomb Target Deep Inside Syrian Territory
The Israeli military hit the target, which was called an Islamic Jihad training base, in retaliation for Saturday's suicide bombing.

Voting on an ominous future for Syria
“The frustration we have here,” the congressman thundered at a senior State Department official at a packed hearing in Washington on Sept. 16, “is that 24 years after Lebanon was placed on the State Department’s own list of countries that support terrorism, we’re still playing the same old game with Lebanon.” Eliot Engel was still in full froth when someone gently reminded him who the target was supposed to be. “You know, we...” he was continuing to lecture the official, John Bolton, when a whisper and short pause were followed by “...oh, with Syria, yes, I’m sorry.”

Top US Official accuses Syria of developing nuclear, biological weapons
The US administration says that despite pledges, Syria has not stopped what it termed as "militants" from crossing into Iraq to kill American troops, according to the New York Times Tuesday.

CIA: Assessment of Syria's WMD Exaggerated
In a new dispute over interpreting intelligence data, the CIA and other agencies objected vigorously to a Bush administration assessment of the threat of Syria's weapons of mass destruction that was to be presented Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

Conflict nears for U.S.-Syria
While many analysts are breathing a sigh of relief that the threat of U.S. armed conflict with Syria has subsided, Pentagon sources say plans are being made now to hit Syrian targets hard in response to Damascus' support for fighters pouring into Iraq, according to the latest issue of Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

War With Syria and the “Road Map”
Coinciding with the Bush administration's tough talk about Syria, a senior Israeli official Monday exposed a smoking gun. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the Tel Aviv newspaper Maariv: "We have a long list of issues we are thinking of demanding of the Syrians, and it would be best done through the Americans."

Syria And The Overwhelming American Power
The American threats against Syria aim, in their first phase, to put that country on the defensive, which is hardly a comfortable situation. Such situation becomes suffocating when the American administration monopolizes not only economic activities, but also the right to direct accusations and define the issues, as well as put individuals and governments on trial.

Phase Two: Syria and Iran
For some time now, here in the USA, it's been apparent that there's a power struggle, perhaps what you can call a "two-line struggle" between Colin Powell's State Department and Donald Rumsfeld's Defense Department.

Reflections on why the United States and Israel are threatening Syria
With the war against Iraq barely over, and security in that unfortunate country by no means established, Syria has suddenly become the target of a violent campaign of psychological warfare and intimidation by both the United States and Israel.

You're With the Terrorists If You're Not for Invading Syria
If I were Syria's President Bashar Assad, I think I would start packing my bags. It's time for him to think about making a clean getaway.

"Phase two of Operation Reshape the Middle East now underway"
Phase two of the Bush administration's long publicized plan of reshaping the Middle East is now underway. After removing Saddam Hussein from power and gaining a major foothold in the center of the Middle East, the administration has now redirected its verbal threats to Syria.

Israel wants strike on Syria while iron's hot
Coinciding with the Bush administration's tough talk about Syria, a senior Israeli official Monday exposed a smoking gun. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the Tel Aviv newspaper Maariv: ''We have a long list of issues we are thinking of demanding of the Syrians, and it would be best done through the Americans.''

Hawking Syria
As speculation about a U.S. invasion of Syria reaches a boil, it is helpful to look for hard clues. Many of the same neo-conservative hawks who campaigned for war against Iraq have signed reports in recent years that call for confrontation -- not mere engagement -- with Syria.

Syria on Neocons' Hit List
A study three years ago that called for a preemptive attack on Israel's nemesis in Lebanon was signed by a slew of powerful Bush advisors.

The errand and the fools
Why the Bush cabal's newfound mission to'liberate' Iraq, Syria, and the world is doomed to failure

Syria Is Next U.S. Victim
This story finely illustrates the continuing agenda of the Bush Regime.Richard Perle is spitting out the exact same firing pattern of black speech the Bush Regime has already used twice to pre-emptively attack and destroy other nations. Perle's contemptuous words of are more than enough to confirm that Damascus falls next.

Israel to U.S.: Now deal with Syria and Iran
Two of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's senior aides will go to Washington for separate talks this week. Israel will suggest that the United States also take care of Iran and Syria because of their support for terror and pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. Israel will point out the support of Syria and Iran for Hezbollah, which the U.S. considers an important target in the war against international terrorism.

U.S. commandos destroy Iraqi pipeline to Syria
U.S. special operations forces are said to have blown up an Iraqi pipeline that delivered more than 200,000 barrels of oil a day to Syria.

Why are the Americans gunning for Syria?
Arab papers sound the alarm about soaring tensions between the United States and Syria, after three senior members of the Bush administration took turns to issue thinly veiled threats to Damascus, telling it to fall into line with US policy in the Middle East or else face unspecified consequences.

Syria backs 'Iraqi people' in war
The Syrian government, under pressure from U.S. officials to choose sides in the Iraq war, said Monday it would back the Iraqi people.

'We will not wait' to be next U.S. target
Syria, alarmed by the impending collapse of its neighbor and ally, has called for suicide missions against U.S. forces in Iraq. Syrian President Bashar Assad also called on Arab regimes to oppose the U.S.-led war against Iraq. He warned that Syria could be the next target of Washington. Assad said in an interview with the Beirut-based A-Safir daily that Damascus would not wait until the United States attacks Syria.

Powell Gives Warning to Iran and Syria
March 31, 2003 — Secretary of State Colin Powell, ranging beyond the ongoing war with Iraq, demanded on Sunday that Iran halt its quest for weapons of mass destruction and that Syria cease supporting terrorism.

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