WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. State
Department Monday refused to comment on a rare attack by U.S. helicopters on the
Syrian side of border with Iraq on Sunday which reportedly killed eight people.
"The Syrians did call in, at the
level of vice foreign
minister, our charge d'affairs, ... brought her in there to raise with her these
reports of activities in Abu Kamal, which is close to the Syrian-Iraqi border,"
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters Monday at a press
"But beyond that, I don't have any comment for you,"
said the spokesman, adding "probably the best people to give you an update on
that are either my friends at the Pentagon or MNF-I (Multi-National Force -
Iraq) in Baghdad .... They are in a better position to do that."
The White House also refused to give any remark on
the attack. "United States government has not commented on reports about that,
and I'm not able to here, either." said Dana Perino, spokeswoman for President
George W. Bush.
The spokeswoman, during the daily press conference,
rarely used "I can't comment on it at all," "I'm not going to comment in any
way," "I don't know, I don't know," "all I can tell you is that I am not able to
comment on reports about this reported incident" to answer reporters' questions
on the attack.
The Syrian media reported four U.S. helicopters had
"launched aggression on a civilian building under construction" near the Syrian
town of Abu Kamal. Eight people were killed in the attack.
Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, who was in
London for a visit, told reporters Monday that the U.S. attack in Syrian
territory was an act of "criminal and terrorist aggression," adding that Syria
would defend its territories should the United States launched a similar attack
Syria condemns U.S. "terrorist
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moualem speaks during a news conference in London October 27, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
LONDON, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Visiting
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem on Monday condemned the United States
for its "terrorist aggression" on Syria after the U.S. launched a raid on a
village near the Syria-Iraq border killing eight civilians. Full story
Arab League slams U.S. raid inside
CAIRO, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Cairo-based Arab League
(AL) on Monday denounced a U.S. air strike on Sunday inside the Syrian
territories that killed eight Syrian civilians.
Such a violation undermines the efforts to establish
regional security and may lead to more tensions in the region, the pan-Arab body
said in a statement. Full story
Spokesman: Iran condemns U.S. raid
TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry
spokesman, Hassan Qashqavi, condemned Monday the U.S. raid into Syria, the
official IRNA news agency reported.
Addressing the correspondents in the weekly press
conference, Qashqavi called the U.S. raid unacceptable. Full story
Lebanese president contacts Syria to
denounce U.S. aggression
BEIRUT, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese President Michel
Suleiman on Monday contacted his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad to denounce
"Sunday's American aggression" against the Syrian village of Abu Kamal near the
border with Iraq, local Elnashra website reported.
During the contact, President Suleiman presented his
condolences to the families of the victims of the U.S. raid and expressed his
solidarity with Syria in imposing its sovereignty on all its territories, said
the report. Full story
Syria protests against U.S.
DAMASCUS, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Syria on Sunday summoned the
U.S. charge d'affaires to Damascus and protested against a U.S. helicopters
attack on its civilians earlier in the day.
Eight Syrian civilians were killed in a U.S.
helicopters attack in a Syrian farm near its border with Iraq on Sunday
afternoon, according to the official SANA news agency. Full story
Report: Eight Syrian civilian killed
in U.S. helcopters attack
DAMASCUS, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Eight Syrian civilians were
killed in a U.S. helicopters attack in a Syrian farm near its border with Iraq,
the official SANA news agency reported.
"Four U.S. military helicopters violated the Syrian
airspaces at 4:45 p.m. (1345 GMT) in al-Boukamal, 8 km deep at the al-Sukariah
farm," an official media source was quoted as saying.
"The four helicopters launched aggression on a
civilian building under construction and opened fire against the workers inside
the building, among them the wife of the building's guard," said the
source. Full story