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American Raid on Syria

(Iraq War)

October 2008

American Raid on Syria
(Iraq War)
October 2008


On October 25, 2008, American special forces conducted a military raid against al-Qaida forces in the Syrian border area at the Sukkariyeh Farm near the town of Abu Kamal. See below for details...


American military forces launched a raid on al-Qaida forces located in Syria on Oct. 25, 2008. This attack was intended to hamper the movement of al-Qaida's foreign fighters into Iraq from bases in Syria. This attack was similar, in a policy sense, to an American Special Forces attack on an al-Qaida base in Pakistan in September, 2008. The Syrian government claimed that eight people died at the Sukkariyeh Farm near the town of Abu Kamal, five miles inside the Syrian border from Iraq. Witnesses said that four helicopters were used in the American raid. The area is near the Iraqi border city of Qaim, which is a major crossing point for al-Qaida allied foreign fighters, weapons and money infiltrating into Iraq to aid the Sunni insurgency against the Iraqi government and American forces.

The apparant target of the raid was a man named Abu Ghadiya, who was a senior al-Qaeda leader had run a network of infiltrating and supplying militants across the Iraqi border since 2005.



Hitting Syria, Five Years Late :Soliciting Assad was one of Bush's biggest war mistakes--Wall Street Journal, Oct. 27, 2008

Pakistan parallels in 'Syria raid' -- BBC, Oct. 27

U.S. Special Operations Raid Into Syria--Americanspecialops.com

IRAQ: Commando raid on Syria raises question of timing--LA Times, Oct. 26, 2008

US special forces launch rare attack inside Syria--Associated Press, Oct. 26, 2008


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