Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Syria Under Fire to Better Guard Border

"TANAF, Syria (AP) - On a bleak hill overlooking Iraq, Syrian officials on Monday pointed out enlarged sand berms and other security measures they say they have taken to hinder foreign fighters from crossing the border.

But Western diplomats maintain Syria could do more, saying the guards need better intelligence and better night-vision equipment to keep insurgents from slipping across after dark to join extremist groups like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's al-Qaida in Iraq.

Syrian President Bashar Assad is under intense pressure from Washington and Baghdad, which have charged in the past that the Syrians let militants cross the frontier. His government denies that, arguing it is impossible to seal the 360-mile border."


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