Syria Demands U.N. Response to U.S. Raid

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DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian officials are demanding that the United Nations Security Council condemn the U.S. raid on its territory Sunday.

"As it draws attention to this blatant act of aggression, [Syria] expects the Security Council and United Nations members to shoulder their responsibilities to prevent such a dangerous violation in the future and hold the aggressor responsible," stated a letter in Syria's state-run news agency, SANA.

The letter also called on the Iraqi government to prevent future acts of aggression from being launched from its soil.

While it doesn't condone the U.S. raid nor want attacks on neighboring countries launched from inside Iraq, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Syria must also take responsibility for Syrian-based terror cells launching attacks on Iraq.

The Syrian government also canceled a meeting of the Iraqi-Syrian Supreme Committee, slated for November 12 in Baghdad, allegedly because the Iraqis didn't condemn the raid vigorously enough.

On Tuesday, Syrian Prime Minister Naji Otari called for the closure of an American school, serving Arab American families residing in Syria, and American cultural center in Damascus.

Meanwhile, Syria refuted U.S. claims that the attack targeted an al-Qaeda leader.

"What they are saying is not accurate," Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told the press. "Do you imagine that a man with [sic] his three children are terrorists?" he asked.

"This is a war crime attempt by the United States against Syria," the foreign minister asserted.

A statement from French President Nicholas Sarkozy called for "light to be shed" on the incident, for restraint and "strict respect" of nations' territorial integrity.

Sarkozy said France "deplores the loss of Syrian civilians" and sent his condolences to the victims' families.

Sources: Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post

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