Meta-Blog

SEARCH QandO

Email:
Jon Henke
Bruce "McQ" McQuain
Dale Franks
Bryan Pick
Billy Hollis
Lance Paddock
MichaelW

BLOGROLL QandO

 
 
Recent Posts
The Ayers Resurrection Tour
Special Friends Get Special Breaks
One Hour
The Hope and Change Express - stalled in the slow lane
Michael Steele New RNC Chairman
Things that make you go "hmmmm"...
Oh yeah, that "rule of law" thing ...
Putting Dollar Signs in Front Of The AGW Hoax
Moving toward a 60 vote majority?
Do As I Say ....
 
 
QandO Newsroom

Newsroom Home Page

US News

US National News
Politics
Business
Science
Technology
Health
Entertainment
Sports
Opinion/Editorial

International News

Top World New
Iraq News
Mideast Conflict

Blogging

Blogpulse Daily Highlights
Daypop Top 40 Links

Regional

Regional News

Publications

News Publications

 
Baby Milk Factory or Aspirin Factory? Does it matter?
Posted by: McQ on Monday, October 27, 2008

American attack helicopters struck a target in Syria which the US military contends was a part of a network which moves Sunni foreign fighters into Iraq.

Syria claims it was a farm building under construction and the US killed a farmer, his four sons, a married couple and another man.

The target was about 5 miles (8km) inside Syria.
A US official, in confirming the raid, said the attack targeted elements of a robust foreign fighter logistics network and that due to Syrian inaction the US was now "taking matters into our own hands."
MG John Kelly says that while Syria claims to have everything under their watchful eye, the border area is still pretty "uncontrolled":
"We still have a certain level of foreign fighter movement, not much, through Anbar, because of our activities out there," Kelly said. But he said Iraqi intelligence believes al Qaeda operatives and others "live pretty openly on the Syrian side, and periodically we know that they try to come across."
This was obviously an attempt to send a strong message to Syria that it must do much more to stop this flow or the US intends to help it along that path.
The flow of foreign fighters into Iraq has been cut to an estimated 20 a month, a senior U.S. military intelligence official told the Associated Press in July. That's a 50 percent decline from six months ago, and just a fifth of the estimated 100 foreign fighters who were infiltrating Iraq a year ago, according to the official, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss intelligence reports.

Ninety percent of the foreign fighters enter through Syria, according to U.S. intelligence. Foreigners are some of the most deadly fighters in Iraq, trained in bomb-making and with small-arms expertise and more likely to be willing suicide bombers than Iraqis.

Foreign fighters toting cash have been al-Qaida in Iraq's chief source of income. They contributed more than 70 percent of operating budgets in one sector in Iraq, according to documents captured in September 2007 on the Syrian border. Most of the fighters were conveyed through professional smuggling networks, according to the report.
The Syrian part of the network is the last remaining part where progress toward shutting it down has been all but non-existent:
The U.S. military official said that while American forces have had considerable success, with Iraqi help, in shutting down the "rat lines" in Iraq, and with foreign government help in North Africa, the Syrian node has been out of reach.
Apparently the US has decided it was time to be a little more overt in its call for Syria to stop the flow (or it will do it for them). We'll see how this plays out.
 
TrackBacks
Return to Main Blog Page
 
 

Previous Comments to this Post 

Comments
If Obama is elected we will be paying reparations to Syria for the unwarranted attack.
 
Written By: retired military
URL: http://
Interesting farm family that is all men.
 
Written By: jpm100
URL: http://
VPX0xT dpmqgufstoas, [url=http://tmklitwserwl.com/]tmklitwserwl[/url], [link=http://yyjtpqlvqxra.com/]yyjtpqlvqxra[/link], http://halkfuzomyva.com/
 
Written By: ztpxnf
URL: http://qyxkezzcykia.com/
comment3,
 
Written By: jonn2
URL: http://buy.creatine.yuku.com/
comment6,
 
Written By: jonn3
URL: http://buy.zoloft.yuku.com/
comment3, glucosamine information , obhc,
 
Written By: jonn1
URL: http://glucosamine.u.yuku.com/
comment5, cymbalta , xhsgku,
 
Written By: jonn2
URL: http://cymbalta.u.yuku.com/
comment1,
 
Written By: jonn1
URL: http://effexor.u.yuku.com/
comment4, Side Effects Of Zocor , =))),
 
Written By: jonn1
URL: http://zocor.u.yuku.com/
comment3, Wellbutrin Withdrawal Symptoms , ajyfjn,
 
Written By: jonn3
URL: http://wellbutrinsr.u.yuku.com/
comment4, Metformin Hyperthyroid , :P,
 
Written By: jonn3
URL: http://metformin.u.yuku.com/
comment2, ginkgo biloba extract , cpy,
 
Written By: jonn3
URL: http://ginkgo.u.yuku.com/
comment1, lisinopril 20mg , 621222,
 
Written By: jonn1
URL: http://lisinopril.u.yuku.com/
comment2,
 
Written By: jonn3
URL: http://buy.creatine.yuku.com/
comment3, glucosamine cream , 94085,
 
Written By: jonn1
URL: http://glucosamine.u.yuku.com/
comment4, Effects Of Zocor , zgkfu,
 
Written By: jonn1
URL: http://zocor.u.yuku.com/
comment1, Wellbutrin Both Meridia Andnot Buy Cheap Pharmacy , vpls,
 
Written By: jonn1
URL: http://wellbutrinsr.u.yuku.com/
comment4,
 
Written By: jonn3
URL: http://ginkgo.u.yuku.com/

 
Add Your Comment
  NOTICE: While we don't wish to censor your thoughts, we do blacklist certain terms of profanity or obscenity. This is not to muzzle you, but to ensure that the blog remains work-safe for our readers. If you wish to use profanity, simply insert asterisks (*) where the vowels usually go. Your meaning will still be clear, but our readers will be able to view the blog without worrying that content monitoring will get them in trouble when reading it.
Comments for this entry are closed.
Name:
Email:
URL:
HTML Tools:
Bold Italic Blockquote Hyperlink
Comment:
   
 
Vicious Capitalism

Divider

Buy Dale's Book!
Slackernomics by Dale Franks

Divider

Divider