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Iraq/Syria: U.S. Aerial Attack in Syria - October 26th, 2008



Media Reports

TV Footage

Cellphone Video

Photo Credits


Background – Abu Kamal, Syria


“Thousands of people demonstrated Thursday in the Syrian capital, Damascus, in a protest, apparently stage-managed by the government, against the American military raid across the Iraqi border into Syrian territory on Sunday. […] Syria has said eight civilians were killed in the raid on Sunday, and has described the attack as ‘terrorist aggression’ by the United States. But American officials said the raid, by American helicopter-borne forces, killed an Iraqi militant responsible for running weapons, money and foreign fighters across the border into Iraq. […]”


Excerpt of a New York Times article from October 30, 2008.

Anti-US Mass Demonstration in Damascus


Media Reports


November 10th, 2008 - Anti-U.S. Sentiment Grows in Syria After Raid

1 news article by the San Francisco Chronicle


November 9th, 2008 - Secret Order Lets U.S. Raid Al Qaeda

1 news article by the New York Times


November 2nd, 2008 - Questions Raised Over Syrian Complicity in US Raid

1 news article by the Sunday Times


October 30th, 2008 - As if on Cue, Syrians Protest U.S. Incursion on Their Soil

1 news article by the New York Times


October 27th, 2008 - US Says Syria Raid ‘Successful’ as Damascus Fumes

1 news article by Agence France Presse


October 26th, 2008 - Witnesses: US Helicopters Attack Syrian Village

2 news articles by the Associated Press & Xinhua Press Agency



Footage from Syrian State Television Channel



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Cellphone Footage from the Aftermath of the Attack



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The Aftermath of the Attack

Covering the Dead I

Covering the Dead II

Covering the Dead III


Video & Photo Credits


The Videos


The first video is clip from a Syrian state-affiliated website (, which was broadcasted on October 27th, 2008. The footage was later transcribed and translated by the “TV Monitor Project” from the “Middle East Media Research Institute” (MEMRI TV) and put on their website. The second video is footage from a cellphone, apparently from an unknown local resident of Sukkariyeh. It was shot on October 26th, 2008, the day of the attack.




1) Protesters gathered at Youssef al-Azmi Square in Damascus on Thursday during a demonstration against the U.S. raid on a village near the Syrian-Iraqi border on Monday. - October 30th, 2008 - Hussein Malla/Associated Press;


The Aftermath of the Attack


1) In an image made from APTN Television an amateur video shows a man standing over a covered body in Syria after a raid in Sukkariyeh, Syria. - October 26th, 2008 - APTN/AP;

2) In an image made from APTN Television an amateur video shows a pointing to a covered body in Syria after a raid in Sukkariyeh, Syria. - October 26th, 2008 - APTN/AP;

3) Families view the bodies of their relatives who died a day before when U.S. military helicopters launched an attack on Syrian territory, before a funeral procession in the Sukkariyeh Farm near the town of Abu Kamal in an area of farms and brick factories about eight kilometers inside the Syrian border. Blood stained the dusty earth Monday as anguished villagers on the outskirts of farming town near Iraq buried loved ones they say were killed by an American helicopter raid inside Syria. - October 27th, 2008 - Hussein Malla/AP;


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