I’m sticking to my theory about the US raid on Syria. Middle East Times has an article on the latest:
Although the al-Qaida suspect may have been killed, the death of Syrian civilians in the attack is what provoked Damascus’s anger, perhaps more than the fact that the U.S. forces penetrated Syrian territories, according to Arab commentators, who say that this was not the first time U.S. troops entered Syrian territory to chase al-Qaida suspects…….
U.S. administration officials in Washington are leaking that Damascus not only approved the raid in Sukkariyeh, but also cooperated with Syrian intelligence services ahead of the operation. According to London’s Sunday Times of Nov. 2, the Syrians had “agreed to turn a blind eye to a supposedly quiet ‘snatch and grab’ raid,” but “could not keep the lid on a firefight in which so many people had died.”
The paper quoted an unidentified Washington source as saying that Syrian intelligence tipped off the Americans about the whereabouts of the purported targeted al-Qaida operative, known as Abu Ghadiyah, and that the U.S. special force unit was supposed to kidnap him and take him to Iraq.
The British paper’s source said the Americans “regularly communicate with the Syrians through a back channel that runs through Syria’s air force intelligence,” and quoted him as praising Syrian intelligence cooperation immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States as “remarkable.”
The pieces fit the puzzle.
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