As Ian noted earlier, the newswires are abuzz with reports of an attack on a Syrian village near the Iraqi border:

Local residents in a Syrian border town said that American forces killed seven men in a helicopter-borne commando attack inside Syrian territory.

Doctors in the town of Al-Sukkariya, some eight kilometres from the Iraqi border, said seven corpses and four wounded had been delivered to a nearby clinic after the attack.

The eyewitness accounts said that four helicopters were involved in the operation, with two of the helicopters landing in the town and eight American soldiers disembarking. The eyewitnesses said that the seven killed men were supposedly construction workers.

Afterwards, the US helicopters then left Syrian airspace with all the soldiers again on board.

No explanation or comment yet from US forces though as more reports come in, the number of dead has been increased to 9 with 14 wounded.

As the BBC notes:

Whatever the local military factors involved in this US operation, it would be unthinkable to imagine that an incursion would not require a policy decision at a high-level.

Today also saw the second attack in one week by US unmanned drones on Pakistani territory – today’s killing 7, Thursday’s destroying a school (see youtube above) and killing at least 8 students.

And in Iraq, where the SOFA gets deader by the day, a raid in Fallujah in which US forces killed one man in his sleep has led to:

The largest Sunni party in Iraq says it is suspending all official contacts with US civilian and military personnel after the killing of a man in Fallujah.

The Iraqi Islamic Party said the dead man was one of its senior members and that he had been killed during a joint US-Iraqi raid on Friday.

The party alleged that the raid had been politically motivated.

In Mosul, attacks on Christians by the US supported Peshmerga continue to terrorize. At last report at least half the Christians have left the area and the reports of violence escalate daily.

Could someone remind me who the rogue nation is?



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