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