Friday, October 15, 2004

Attacks from Syria

U.S. troops facing attacks from Syria:

American troops stationed along Iraq's border with Syria are coming under increasing attack with mortar shells fired from Syrian territory, but it was unclear who was responsible, U.S. officers said Thursday.

The 82-millimeter rounds have been fired at U.S. and Iraqi positions in and around Husaybah in Al Anbar province, said Lt. Col. Chris Woodbridge, commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.

There has been no evidence linking the Syrian military to the attacks, Woodbridge said. However, the Syrians have the capability to determine who is launching the mortars and act against them, he said.

"Syrian authorities should be the ones to go after them, no question about it," he said.

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