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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Syria hits out at 'terrorist' US

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Syria hits out at 'terrorist' US: "Syria's foreign minister has accused the US of an act of 'criminal and terrorist aggression' over what it says was a helicopter raid on its territory.

Walid Muallem said Sunday's attack saw four US forces travel eight miles inside Syrian airspace from Iraq and kill eight unarmed civilians on a farm.

He said those who died were a father and his three children, the farm guard and his wife, and a fisherman.

The US has not confirmed or denied the alleged raid.

However, a unnamed US official was quoted by AFP news agency as saying that its forces had mounted a 'successful' raid against foreign fighters threatening US forces in Iraq.

The US has previously accused Syria of allowing militants into Iraq.

'An opportunity'

Speaking at a news conference in London, Mr Muallem said the raid on the town of Abu Kamal was 'not a mistake' and that he had urged the Iraqi government to investigate.

Latest News - SomaliNet

Latest News - SomaliNet
Mon. October 27, 2008 02:27 am.- By Bonny Apunyu. - Send this news article

(SomaliNet) Intense battle erupted on Saturday morning in Somalia in an area between Lego and Yaqbariweyne in the Bay region (south) when Al-Shabaab forces ambushed Ethiopian and Somali government troops heading to the capital, Mogadishu, residents said.

Sheikh Muqtar Robow Abu Mansorsaid, Al-Shabaab spokesman told reporters in a teleconference that their troops were responsible for the attack, claiming that they chased away the country’s troops and their Ethiopian allies.

"This morning Allah’s forces waged an ambush attack against Allah’s enemy," Abu Mansor said.

"One of our solders died and four others were wounded but we chased them and forced them to retreat," he added.

Heavy weapons and machine guns could be heard in the surroundings, according to residents.

"Early in the morning we heard sounds of heavy weapons and we thought of a battle between Ethiopian and Isla…