The people of the Syrian border town of Al Bukamal have been burying their dead. Syria says eight civilians were killed after US helicopters and ground troops attacked from across the Iraqi frontier.
The Iraqi government and the White House say they conducted a successful operation against Iraqi insurgents who were using Syria as a safe haven. Syria’s foreign minister is furious.
“We consider this criminal and terrorist agression, and we put the responsibilty on the American government and they need to investigate and return back to us with the result,” Walid Mouallem said in London.
The attack site is close to the city of Qaim, which has been a major crossing point for fighters, weapons and money coming into Iraq to sustain the Sunni insurgency.
The Syrians say they may protest to the UN Security Council about the attack, and will seek compensation from America for the victim’s families. The Americans claim 90 percent of foreign fighters entering Iraq come through Syria.