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May 19, 2005

Al-Zarqawi Leaders Met in Syria To Plan Bombings

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

- Associated Press reports that Al-Zarqawi leaders met in Syria to plot the recent wave of violence, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi may have attended the Syrian meeting. As one would expect, Syrian political analyst Imad Fawzi al-Shueibi dismissed the report as "part of an organized campaign against Syria. While the U.S. completely ignores the mass immigration problem at it's own open-door borders, it has repeatedly demanded that Syria do more to stop foreign fighters from entering Iraq across their porous 380-mile-long border.

General John Abizaid, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, said:

"It's very important that the Syrian government do everything within its power to keep violence from migrating or being planned in Syria into Iraq," Abizaid said on Capitol Hill. Asked if he thought Damascus was doing enough, he replied: "No, I do not think the Syrian government is doing enough."

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice blamed Syria on Monday for complicating efforts by Iraq's new government to quell violence and appealed to Syria's Arab neighbors to force Damascus to close its borders.

The AP also reports that the Jordanian-born al-Zarqawi and his key militant leadership have met at least five times in foreign countries during the conflict, most recently during the past 30 days in Syria, according to an anonymous senior U.S. military official.

Outside the Beltway notes that there is Iranian involvement and views it as a positive sign. If the Shi'a leadership will unite against this violence, it may help galvanize the Iraqi public against it. OTB point out that the main perpetrators of the terrorist attacks are Sunnis.

But isn't it time that the U.S. help Syria understand the error of it's ways with some consequences to their blatant acts of war? It's time to shut the damned border down, award Syria serious consequences, and while the U.S. is on the topic of border security, take action to secure it's own borders before we have Zarqawi-like terrorists running around in our neighborhoods blowing up our malls, schools, and churches.

Hat tip - California Yankee and Outside the Beltway.

Posted by Hyscience at May 19, 2005 12:46 PM

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