ISW News Roundup - October 28, 2008
U.S. Raid in Syria
US Special Forces conducted a daylight raid against Al Qaeda within the Syrian border. US sources call the raid successful while Syrian authorities have decried it as a violation of their sovereignty.
Wall Street Journal - Syria Halts Diplomacy After U.S. Military Strike, by Jay Solomon
LA Times - Senior Al Qaeda member killed in U.S. raid in Syria, officials say, by Greg Miller and Josh Meyer
Christian Science Monitor - Syrian ire follows apparent US raid across Iraq's border, by Jonathan Adams
BBC News - Syria raid 'killed major target'
Associated Press - US official says raid on Syria killed head of network that sent foreign fighters to Iraq, by Zeina Karam and Hussein Malla
Associated Press - Analysis: Purported US raid into Syria complicates Iraq's ties, role in region, by Robert H. Reid
Reuters - Iraq denounces U.S. raid on Syria
Washington Post - U.S. Calls Raid a Warning to Syria, by Ann Scott Tyson and Ellen Knickermeyer
Washington Times - Strike kills senior al Qaeda leader, by Sara A. Carter
Long War Journal - US strike in Syria "decapitated" al Qaeda's faciliation network, by Bill Roggio
McClatchy DC - CIA led mystery Syria raid that killed terrorist leader, by Jonathan S. Landay and Nancy A. Youssef
Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)
US and Iraqi negotiatiors continue to discuss the SOFA agreement amid warnings of the potential ramifications of a failed treaty.
Associated Press - US military warns Iraqis of problems if security agreement fails, Iraqi officials say, by Sameer N. Yacoub
Washington Post - Iraq Security Pact Highlights Battle Between U.S., Iran, by Mary Beth Sheridan
Iraq Updates - Strategic mistake to scrap US pact- Iraq minister, by Waleed Ibrahim
Associated Press - 4 Iraqi policemen, 3 civilians killed in violence in Baghdad, Mosul, by Sinan Salaheddin
Reuters - FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq
Washington Times - US kills 5 gunmen after attack on Baghdad base, by Hamid Ahmed
Associated Press - Iraqi court sentences to death militant for 2006 killing of 3 US soldiers, by Sameer N. Yacoub
Christian Science Monitor -Iraq updates Hussein-era Air Force, by Tom A. Peter
Wall Street Journal - U.S. Mulls Talks With Taliban in Bid to Quell Afghan Unrest, by Yochi J. Dreazen, Siobhan Gorman, and Jay Solomon.
LA Times - Taliban insurgents shoot down U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan, by Laura King
Long War Journal - Senior Taliban commander reported killed in US strike, by Bill Roggio