U.S. Sees Syria "Facilitating" Insurgents

(Washington Times) - Syria is "facilitating" the movement of foreign fighters into Iraq and helping supply them with arms, according to U.S. military officials with access to intelligence reports. The bloody fighting in Fallujah, for example, is inspired, in part, by well-armed foreign jihadists who crossed the Syrian border and have committed some of the most gruesome attacks against Americans and their allies. Officials said Syrian help includes facilitating their border crossing, arming them, and allowing them to return for fresh supplies. Officials said Syrian agents are aiding the Iraqi insurgency because it is not in Damascus' interest to have a pro-U.S. country on its border. Assad fears that a free Iraq could spur a wave of democracy, jeopardizing his rule.

2004-04-23 00:00:00

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