Monday, October 27, 2008

Bush Sends Strong Signal to Syria and Iran on Foreign Fighters

From Fox News:

A U.S. strike on a network of foreign fighters in Syria led to the capture of an Al Qaeda coordinator who was wanted for sending operatives, weapons and cash into Iraq.

Abu Ghadiyain, Al Qaeda's senior coordinator operating in Syria, was captured after Sunday's attack in Sukkariyeh, which left eight dead about 4-5 miles away from Syria's border with Iraq, the official said. Ghadiyain was believed to be associated with the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Ninety percent of foreign fighters enter Iraq through Syria, according to U.S. intelligence estimates, bringing cash to Al Qaeda in Iraq's chief. They also are deadly — trained in bomb-making and willing to sacrifice themselves in suicide attacks.

With the U.S. election just days away, President Bush has fired a shot across the bow of both Syria and Iran, warning them that the U.S. won’t put up with further interference in Iraq from the two nations.

A military official in Washington said the U.S. is taking matters into its own hands after Syria failed to control fighters crossing the border into Iraq.

The attack lets Syria and Iran know that the Bush administration still calls the shots, and that the election will not deter the U.S. from going after foreign fighters entering Iraq.

Indeed, President Bush has nothing to deter him from taking on the fighters in either Syria or Iran, since he is not running for re-election, and not much that he does will have any effect on the elections or candidates. The election, in fact, may set the President free to pursue more aggressive measures against foreign fighters and the governments that enable them.

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