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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Mid-East Intel: Syria Next Possible Target


Mid-East intelligence indicates Syria as next possible target.

Saddam Hussein touched inadvertently on the most burning issue between the Bush administration and Iraq’s interim prime minister Iyad Alawi. Ever since the December 21 suicide attack on the US forward base in Mosul, when 22 Americans were killed, Allawi has been urging Washington to launch attacks from Iraq on points in Syria – singling out military locations known to intelligence as bases used to assist and train terrorists preparatory to their infiltration of Iraq. The Iraqi prime minister believes that without military action against Syria, three key goals will remain out of reach:

1. A general election on January 30 orderly enough to be a success.

2. An effective deterrent to Tehran’s meddling in Iraq.

3. Victory in the war against the guerrillas.

Sunday, January 2, US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage arrives in Damascus with a final warning from Washington. The Syrian ruler will be informed that the administration is closer than ever before to acceding to Allawi’s demand.

Although reliability varies widely from this particular source, in all fairness, the situation in Iraq remains extremely fluid. I'm certain many options are presently on the table at the moment.


Blogger Oblio said...

Can you say Nixon and Cambodia? Apparently Allawi has read a bit of American history.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Oblio said...

Wait, we were "never" in Cambodia. I meant Laos.

3:19 PM  

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