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US forces kill eight in helicopter raid on Syria[using large font size is not allowed]


* Ian Black, Middle East editor and Ewen MacAskill in Washington

* The Guardian,

* Monday October 27 2008

* Article history


Damascus reacts with fury to what it says was a helicopter and special forces strike on its territory Link to this video


American helicopters flying from Iraq landed inside Syria yesterday and dropped special forces who killed eight people, the Damascus government said last night, as Washington admitted it had targeted "foreign fighters."


Syria warned that it held the US "wholly responsible for this act of aggression and all its repercussions".


It described the dead as Syrian civilians, five of them members of the same family. Syrian state television reported that the attack was against a farm near Abu Kamal, five miles from the Iraqi border. Doctors in nearby al-Sukkariya said another seven people were taken to hospital with bullet wounds.


The incident threatened to unleash a new wave of anti-American feeling in Syria and across the Middle East at a time when President Bashar al-Assad, already being courted by Europe, is looking forward to improved relations with Washington after the November 4 presidential election. News of the attack led bulletins across the Arab world last night - suggesting it will have wide resonance.


Syria summoned the US charge d'affaires in Damascus to explain the incident. It also called on the Iraqi government to prevent its airspace being used in this way in future.


Eyewitness accounts said eight US soldiers landed in two helicopters and that the dead were building workers. A senior Syrian source quoted by the official Sana news agency, said four helicopters violated Syrian airspace and described the target as a "civilian building under construction".


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US helicopter raid on Syria: the reaction


"Cold-blooded murder and war crime" is how Tishrin, the Syrian government newspaper, describes the death of eight civilians in a US helicopter attack on a Syrian farm.


The paper says four children, three men and a woman were killed in the raid and the US "must bear full responsibility for this aggression".


It calls on the Iraqi government to investigate why its territory was used as base from which the US attacked Syria.


The Saroujan blog, written by Sasa, a 29-year-old Damascus accountant, says the strike was "a comprehensive attack, not a mistake". He says it is the first one since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.


Damascus was considering its response to the attack, Reem Haddad of the Syrian information ministry told al-Jazeera. "No doubt there will be a reaction [from Syria] of some kind," Haddad said, telling the station's website that the attack was a "flagrant violation" of the new security arrangement between Iraq and the US.


Akram Hameed, a man in his 40s who said he was injured in the attack while fishing in the Euphrates river, told Syrian television he saw four helicopters coming from the border area. "The firing lasted about 15 minutes and when I tried to leave the area on my motorcycle, I was hit by a bullet in the right arm about 20 metres away," he said.


According to al-Jazeera, Syrian television showed what it said was the injured wife of the building's guard in hospital with a tube in her nose. She said two helicopters landed and two remained in the air during the attack.


Reuters television footage showed the farm, a truck riddled with bullet holes and blood stains on the ground.


"Four helicopters came from different directions and hovered. Two of them landed and soldiers got out and started shooting," Osama Malla Hameed, the owner of a nearby farm, told the agency.


The Syrian press attache in London, Jihad Makdissi, told the BBC the attack was "an outrageous crime and an act of aggression".


"If [the US has] any proof of any insurgency, instead of applying the law of the jungle and penetrating, unprovoked, a sovereign country, they should come to the Syrians first and share this information," he said.


Makdissi said the US government had "proved to be irrational and they have no respect for international law or human rights".


He warned Syria would "respond accordingly in the proper way".


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US embassy shut as Syrians protest over deadly raid


by Roueida Mabardi Roueida Mabardi – Thu Oct 30, 8:55 am ET


DAMASCUS (AFP) – The US embassy in Syria shut its doors on Thursday as thousands marched through Damascus to protest at a deadly American raid on a village near the Iraqi border that Syria branded a barbaric act.


Security was boosted around the area housing the US embassy, which decided to close because of the potential threat of violence, although demonstrators stayed away from the mission.


"Colonialists, listen, the people of Syria will never be brought to their knees," cried youths as they massed in the city centre, waving Syrian flags and pictures of President Bashar al-Assad.


Demonstrators, including civil servants and students, waved Syrian flags and banners reading "No to American terrorism" and "American democracy -- the killing of civilians at Abu Kamal," the area targeted in Sunday's US raid.


"I want to denounce this act of American terrrorism. We are going to liberate Palestine, and Syria will liberate its occupied land," said a Palestinian woman named Shaimaa.


The protest wound down after several hours with no reports of violence, with security tight in the Abu Rumaneh area where the US embassy as well as the Saudi and Iraqi missions are located.


The US embassy announced on its website it had closed Thursday because of a possible demonstration and warned American citizens to stay away from the area.


It said the decision was made "due to past demonstrations which resulted in violence and significant damage to US facilities and other embassies," adding that the American school would also be temporarily shut.


In September 2006, a failed attack on the US embassy left four attackers and one Syrian security agent dead.


Damascus says eight civilians, including children, were killed in a helicopter assault on Sunday launched by US troops from Iraq on a Syrian village, which has provoked condemnation from a number of foreign governments.


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...I thought ###### was gone?


Hey ######, in that post where you made all those quotes about truth--you forgot to use the Churchill one you had used in another thread. That was a good quote. So good everyone recognized it.

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:sl: dear muslims


Disgusting USA can get away with these barbaric acts.


Even worse how US Rednecks complain their beloved patriots are being killed on the Frontline. So Dumb and Naive to vote Bush in twice, let them pay the consequences.


My Condolences to those who got stuck up in this War because of Bush, but don't support him nor his Terrorist regime.

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