Syria and Iraq trade charges of cross-border terror

Speaking to reporters in London, Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem accused the United States of carrying out “criminal terrorist aggression” in its helicopter-borne raid of an alleged al Qaeda haven in northern Syria Sunday, Oct. 27. He declared: “If attacked again, we will defend our territory.” He demanded an investigation and the handover of its results to the Syrian government. Iraq too must answer questions.
Earlier, Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh Monday, Oct. 27, described the Syria site attacked the day before as the scene of activities of “terrorist groups operating from Syria against Iraq.” He said “The latest of these groups… killed 13 police recruits in an (Iraqi) border village. Iraq had asked Syria to hand over this group which uses Syria as a base for its terrorist activities.”

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