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    I look for more activity in Turkey, Pakistan, possibly Iran. other skirmishes inside Iraq, Afghanistan or Israel leading up to election.

    By Kaveh L Afrasiabi

    Tehran feels increasingly threatened by the United States-Iraq security agreement that will allow 50 US military bases throughout Iraq, including several in areas close to the Iran-Iraq border.

    "The Status of Forces agreement permits the construction of large US forward bases near not only Iran but also Syria and as a result is a cause of serious worry by both Tehran and Damascus," said a prominent Tehran University political science professor.

    In light of the incursion on Sunday by US forces inside Syrian territory, ostensibly to pursue al-Qaeda terrorists, there is suddenly concern on the part of many analysts in Tehran that the security agreement between Baghdad and Washington is not simply an internal matter for Iraqis to decide, but rather a regional issue that calls for direct input by Iraq's neighbors.

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JJ28Ak01.html
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    Certainly not in Turkey. That's a NATO country. If Turkish troops went after a group of terrorists, the terrorists would run to the Americans to surrender and ask to be taken to Guantanamo.

    But it is fully expected that these people will try and manipulate our elections.

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    If by these people, you mean the Bush/ Cheney crime syndicate, I agree 100%.
    On the other hand, since the rest of the world wants an Obama win, why would anyone do anything to give McSame an opening?
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    Default cross border strikes!

    You have to kinda think of it as kicking a bully in the shins and running back inside your house. We killed the al-qaeda leader and left so goes the war. We do it in Pakistan from Afghanistan and we will do it to the mid eastern countries from Iraq which is just part of the bigger plan. blackchipjim
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    I have no problem with the USofA undertaking missions like this. Sen. Obama advocated such missions and Sen. InSain took him to task for it.
    The timing of the mission, occuring a week before the election after the problem festered for five years is problematic, for me.
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    So is the tanking of the Financial markets, looking for a Saviour to be elected. And we still got roads and bridges to repair, and schools that need more books. At least this time around there will be more qualified bosses than laborers. And we will gladly import the laborers in exchange for American Citizenship and a few Dollars a day, and pay the bosses 100x that. Its the American Way !!! lol
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    How dare the US commit a TERRORIST ACT, killing civilians, within the borders of a soveriegn country.
    Shame on America and its current leaders. zg
    In wake of U.S. attack, Syria shuts down American institutions

    γαρ | 28.10.2008 18:13
    The Syrian cabinet decided on Tuesday to shut down an American school and an American cultural center in Damascus, the Syria's official SANA news agency said, two days after a U.S. military raid in Syria. Syria said the Sunday helicopter strike on the village of Sukkariyeh, five miles (8 kilometers) from the border with Iraq, killed eight civilians..


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    In wake of U.S. attack, Syria shuts down American institutions
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1032215.html

    The Syrian cabinet decided on Tuesday to shut down an American school and an American cultural center in Damascus, the Syria's official SANA news agency said, two days after a U.S. military raid in Syria. Syria said the Sunday helicopter strike on the village of Sukkariyeh, five miles (8 kilometers) from the border with Iraq, killed eight civilians while a U.S. official said the raid was believed to have killed a major al Qaida operative who helped smuggle foreign fighters into Iraq. Syria said four U.S. helicopters attacked the border region in eastern Syria. Iraq, which said the raid targeted staging grounds used by militants, denounced the air strike. France and Russia have also condemned the attack.

    According to the SANA report, the Syrian cabinet also decided to postpone a Syrian-Iraqi bilateral committee meeting which was scheduled for Nov. 12- Nov. 13 in Baghdad. Moallem has characterized the attack as a "terrorist aggression" and said if repeated, Syria would defend itself. He has called for U.S. and Iraqi investigations into the attack. Meanwhile Tuesday, Syria rejected the allegations that the raid had targeted an al-Qaida operative. "What they are saying is just unjustified. I deny it totally," Moallem told reporters. A U.S. official said on Monday that the raid was aimed at Abu Ghadiya, a former lieutenant of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq who was killed in a U.S. air strike in 2006. "What they are saying is not accurate," said Moallem, who is on a visit to London. "Do you imagine that a man with his three children are terrorists?" he said, referring to one of the civilians Syria said was killed in the raid. He stressed that the victims of the raid were innocent civilians, and repeated his accusation that the attack was a "terrorist act" by the United States. "This is a war crime attempt by the United States against Syria," he said. Asked if Syria planned any further diplomatic steps, Moallem said "we are awaiting their response. According to what we will receive, we will decide our options." The Bush administration, which will leave office in January after the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 4, accuses Syria of not doing enough to stem the flow of al-Qaida fighters and other insurgents into Iraq. Iraq's government denounced the U.S. action on Tuesday in an unusual rebuke of Washington. "The Iraqi government rejects U.S. aircraft bombarding posts inside Syria," spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said
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