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September 13, 2005

Is Is Syria's Role In The Iraqi Insurgency Near An End?

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Chad at In The Bull Pen, in an informative post, writes: "Throughout the entire war in Iraq, there has been one primary constant. That constant has been jihadis using Syria as the primary transit point into Iraq. Iraqi cities and towns next to Syria have been the scenes of spectacular offensives just to have those same cities and towns fall back into the hands of terrorists, usually aligned with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. One such offensive in underway in Tal Afar now."

"Last week U.S. Marine destroyed two bridges heading from Syria into Iraq near that town of Al Qaim. Was this enough? I only wish it would be. Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari ordered a televised address indicating he sent the ING to secure the border in between Syria and Iraq in an area of Northern Iraq. Will this be enough? Unfortunately, no because there are too many transit points and this border closing does not do anything with the town of Al Qaim which is the primary entry point into Iraq used by jihadis."

"What do we do now? Short of closing the entire border, which would be one heck of a mountain to climb with limited ING soldiers and Coalition soldiers making that scenario impossible, the United States must apply more pressure to Syria. Such pressure is already being applied, but it might have just been ramped up a bit."

(...) Our patience is running out, the patience of Iraqis are running out. The time for decision ... has arrived for Damascus," [U.S. Ambassador to Iraq] Khalilzad told reporters at the State Department.

(...) State Department spokesman Adam Ereli echoed Khalilzad later Monday. "What we're looking for is, as Ambassador Khalilzad said, is a decision by the government of Syria to get serious about preventing its territory from being used by insurgents and others bent on destabilizing Iraq and killing innocent Iraqis."

Read the rest at In Bull Pen...

Back in June of this year, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said that Syria "must do more to halt the flow of foreign terrorists to Iraq," and pledged to the Security Council that Iraq would not give in to the campaign of violence being waged against his government." Let's hope that the Iraqi government has finally tired of Syria's involvement and contribution to the Iraqi insurgency, and is now fed up enough to do something about it. Is it too much to hope that the both the Iraqi and the U.S. administrations are actually tired of talking and ready for action also? The action needed has nothing to do with sanctions, and everything to do with military response to Syria's "targeting" of Iraq's economic and democratic development.

Posted by Richard at September 13, 2005 11:01 AM

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