While Americans consume themselves with the election and engage in arguments over what horrific act will occur if Obama or McCain is elected or engage in discussion over why this year is not the year for third party or independent presidential candidates, tensions have risen between Syria and the U.S. after an attack on Sunday, October 26th.
A video from AP shows the destruction and gives some details on the incursion:
The press in Damascus are calling the attack a “war crime”, according to click here Australian:
"The American forces from Iraq committed cold-blooded murder," government newspaper Tishrin wrote.
Damascus has summoned the official US and Iraqi representatives in protest, SANA said.
The Cairo-based Arab League condemned the assault as a "violation which does nothing to help stability in the region and can only lead to new tensions", calling for those responsible to be held to account.
Syrian state television broadcast pictures of the scene, showing a building site with bloodstains on the ground, and the bodies of victims in the morgue.- Advertisement -
Syria "demands that the Iraqi government accept its responsibilities and launches an immediate inquiry following this dangerous violation and forbids the use of Iraqi territory to launch attacks on Syria", SANA said.
US commanders say Syria is the main transit point for foreign jihadists crossing into Iraq and have blamed Damascus for turning a blind eye to the problem, but Iraqi officials have said Syria has been boosting border security.
A report posted on Al Jazeera further details “Syrian anger”:
After news of Sunday's attack emerged, the Syrian government summoned the senior US and Iraqi envoys to Damascus to protest against the raid, the Syrian Arab news agency (Sana) reported.
A Syrian government statement said: "Syria condemns this aggression and holds the American forces responsible for this aggression and all its repercussions."- Advertisement -
The statement also called for the Iraqi government to launch an investigation into the attack.
Reem Haddad, the Syrian information ministry spokesperson, sais that the raid breached a recent accord between Iraq and the US.
"This is a flagrant violation of the new [security] agreement between Iraq and the US," she told Al Jazeera.