Iraq Has Evidence that 50% of Terrorists Are Coming From Syria
Iraq says they have proof that half of the bombers are coming from Syria.
Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh answers questions during a press conference in Baghdad. Relations between Baghdad and Damascus that were restored just three months ago are already under strain amid allegations Syria is sheltering Iraqi fugitives but being “hostile” to genuine refugees.(AFP/Sabah Arar)
A senior Iraqi official blasted Syria yesterday for being behind 50% of the terrorist attacks in the country.
The BBC reported:
A senior Iraqi official has said half of all insurgent attacks in Baghdad are carried out by militants from Syria. Ali al-Dabbagh said the Iraqi government has provided Damascus with evidence to back up this claim.
It comes after the deadliest single bombing since the US-led invasion of 2003 killed 130 people in Baghdad.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has vowed to put an end to such attacks, which he blamed on followers of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Saturday’s suicide truck bombing tore through a market in al-Sadriya district of Baghdad, causing widespread devastation.
Speaking on al-Arabiyah television, Mr al-Dabbagh said many of the insurgents emanated from neighbouring Syria.
“Fifty per cent of terrorism enters Iraq from Syria, and we have evidence” to prove that, the Associated Press news agency reported.
“The Interior Ministry and the Ministry of State for National Security gave them [the Syrians] evidence about those who are conspiring and are sending car bombs. We gave them the numbers of their apartments and the buildings where they live,” he said.
The Iraqi government, and Washington, have long accused Syria of failing to prevent militants crossing the border.
Syria denied the charges saying the comments are aimed at harming relations between Iraq and Syria.