Follow up to the preceeding

It’s interesting to watch how each of the media outlets in this country report early (what used to be called “late breaking”) news.
MSNBC :: “DAMASCUS, Syria – U.S. military helicopters launched an extremely rare attack Sunday on Syrian territory close to the border with Iraq, killing eight people in a strike the government in Damascus condemned as “serious aggression.”

A U.S. military official said the raid by special forces targeted the network of al-Qaida-linked foreign fighters moving through Syria into Iraq. The Americans have been unable to shut the network down in the area because Syria was out of the military’s reach.

“We are taking matters into our own hands,” the official told The Associated Press in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of cross-border raids

Faux news ::”The official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the special forces action within Syrian territory close to the Iraqi border, was meant to send a message. The Americans have been unable to shut the network down in the area because Syria was out of the military’s reach.

“We are taking matters into our own hands,” the official said.

The attack came just days after the commander of U.S. forces in western Iraq said American troops were redoubling efforts to secure the Syrian border, which he called an “uncontrolled” gateway for fighters entering Iraq.

Ninety percent of foreign fighters enter Iraq through Syria, according to U.S. intelligence estimates. Foreign fighters often enter Iraq in order to bring cash to Al Qaeda in Iraq’s chief. They also are deadly — trained in bomb-making and willing to sacrifice themselves in suicide attacks.

A senior U.S. military intelligence official said that in July only about 20 foreign fighters were entering the country each month, down 50 percent from six months earlier, and just a fifth of the estimated 100 foreign fighters who were infiltrating Iraq a year ago.

CNN :: “A missile strike killed seven people Sunday at a compound in Pakistan’s northern tribal border region, a Pakistani military source said.

The missiles hit the compound in the village of Badar in South Waziristan Sunday night, the source said. He did not want his name revealed because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

North Waziristan is a region rife with Islamic extremists near the Afghan border. The source said the strike was suspected to be the work of an unmanned U.S. drone.

Military officials have said South Waziristan is the stronghold of Pakistani Taliban leader Beitullah Mehsud.

Yeah, CNN isn’t even reporting the story. No, they’re busy reporting on the OTHER national boundry we violated today. I think at this point it’s interesting that MSNBC (Which I once criticized for being, the “bubble gum of news networks”) and CNN seem to have flip flopped. (Mind you, MSNBC is still partisan as hell, at least to the degree that Faux news is. Sorry I don’t have a clever nickname for MSNBC – too many damn letters….)


~ by Auntie Ranty on October 27, 2008.

One Response to “Follow up to the preceeding”

  1. it is interesting, great post and theme.

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