Friday, April 14, 2006

Jerusalem Post | US: Syria making efforts on Iraq border

Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World:

"For the first time since the war in Iraq began three year ago, the US is seeing positive moves from Syria to stop the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq.

Ambassador Jim Jeffrey, the senior adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Iraq, said this week that the US has seen a decline in the number of insurgents entering Iraq through the Syrian border.

According to Jeffery, this decline can be attributed partly to the Syrian decision to impose a visa regime that limits the ability of foreign fighters to enter the country 'which is something that we pressed them to do.'

Jeffrey called this decision by Damascus 'a positive development.' The senior adviser on Iraq said, at the same time, that another reason for the decline was the successful American military operations along the entry route.

In a meeting with a group of Middle Eastern journalists at the State Department Tuesday, Ambassador Jeffrey stressed that, though there was some positive action from Syria, there was still much to be done in order to close the border. 'This is something the Syrians can do more about and we want them to do that,' Jeffrey said."

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