Damascus Foils Attack
Israel & Lebanon
Syrian security foiled an attack on the US embassy in Damascus by elements of the radical Jund al-Sham (Army of Syria), which has radical Sunni fundamentalist views. US Secretary of State Condi Rice expressed her government’s gratitude for Syria’s prompt and effective intervention. Syria has been a US ally twice in the past 20 years, first in the Gulf War and again after 2001 when it cooperated in the struggle against al-Qaeda. Since 2003 or so, anti-Syria hawks such as David Wurmser, a national security adviser to VP Richard Bruce Cheney, have managed to turn administration policy toward enmity with Damascus.
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