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Assad's Two-Front War

5:47 PM, Oct 3, 2005 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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The Washington Post's Jackie Spinner reports that the Syrian-Iraq

border area serves as a key crossing point for foreign fighters entering Iraq from Syria. Hussain Ali Kamal, the head of intelligence for the Iraqi Interior Ministry, said in an interview Sunday that Syria had failed to keep promises to help stem the flow of insurgents into Iraq.

"A Syrian delegation came to Iraq two months ago," said Kamal, a deputy minister who represented the Interior Ministry in talks. "They promised to take steps, but so far we didn't get any response. There is no cooperation from the Syrian side in preventing the insurgents from coming into Iraq."

And, according to the Financial Times, investigators are close to fingering Syrian officials in the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri.