Spreading Fire

This doesn’t sound good:

U.S. military helicopters attacked territory inside Syria close to its border with Iraq Sunday, killing eight people in a strike the Syrian government condemned as “serious aggression.”

A U.S. military official said the raid by special forces targeted the foreign fighter network that travels through Syria into Iraq in an area where the Americans have been unable to shut it down because it was out of the military’s reach.

“We are taking matters into our own hands,” the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of cross-border raids.

Whatever vague hopes there are out there for a Syrian-Israeli peace deal probably aren’t helped by this kind of thing.  Certainly the Syrian-Iraq border has been a porous one through which all kinds of fighters, smuggling, and even refugees have passed in the years since the fall of Saddam.  Also, news of this probably doesn’t help I’m guessing at the very sensitive time of trying to negotiate a SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement).

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