Iraq demands Syria stop foreign fighters

first_img In Baghdad, gunmen fired on the compound of the Embassy of Oman, killing two people and wounding two others – the second fatal shooting involving employees of Arab embassies in Baghdad this week. One of the dead was a policeman and the other was an embassy employee, said police Maj. Falah al-Mohammedawi said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Iraqi prime minister demanded Friday that Syria do more to keep foreign fighters from crossing into western Iraq, where U.S. troops are battling al-Qaida-led forces. Five more American service members were reported killed. Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, appearing with visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, told reporters it was “no secret” that foreign fighters were using Syrian territory to enter Iraq and the government had implored the Syrians to crack down on such movements. “So we ask why the Syrians are not responding to our people’s demands,” al-Jaafari said. “We demand that they control their borders, prevent infiltration and terrorism. We want good relations with Syria, but this cannot be achieved when such violations exist.” U.S. troops launched a major offensive last week against al-Qaida-led fighters near the border with Syria, an area the U.S. command describes as the major entry point for foreign Islamic extremists responsible for many of the suicide attacks that have killed hundreds of Iraqis in recent weeks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The American command reported Friday that a Marine was killed the day before in a roadside bombing in Karabilah, about 200 miles west of Baghdad and one of the main border area villages where the extremists operate. Two U.S. Army soldiers were killed Thursday by small-arms fire during combat operations in Khaldiyah, 55 miles west of Baghdad, the military said. Two other American soldiers died in a traffic accident northwest of Kirkuk, the military said. The deaths brought the number of U.S. service members killed in Iraq since the war began in 2003 to 2,061, according to an Associated Press count. Syria maintains it has tried to curb infiltration across its borders and has accused U.S. and Iraqi forces of failing to do their part to control the long desert frontier. The Syrians insist allegations against them are part of a U.S. media campaign to discredit their government for opposing the Iraq war. Elsewhere, three Iraqi police officers were killed Friday when their vehicle was ambushed near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. last_img

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