Κυριακή, 26 Οκτωβρίου 2008

Syria says helicopters attack border point with Iraq

DAMASCUS: Syria said on Sunday unidentified helicopters attacked a Syrian border point with Iraq, causing casualties. The official Syrian news agency SANA did not identify the helicopters but said the attack took place in the Bou Kamal border area, in eastern Syria. Residents said the attack targeted a house in the area in which a man and his four sons and two nearby workers were killed.
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U.S. rearming Lebanon
The weapons are the leading edge of a new American commitment to resupply the military of this small but pivotal Middle Eastern country, which emerged three years ago from decades of Syrian domination. So far, none of the deliveries of heavier weapons, which in some cases are likely to involve the transfer of older systems from other American allies, have been large enough to require a formal notification to the U.S. Congress
"United States policy is that Lebanon be sovereign and independent and the Lebanon government and its institutions govern all of Lebanon's territory and disarm militias," said Christopher Straub, deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East. "We recognize that is not going to happen overnight, but that is our policy."

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