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Flashback Unsafe Haven
October 27, 2008
“[The Americans] don't bomb us. It is only for show, as if to say, watch out, we're coming for you.”
The commando raid that appears to have killed a high value terrorist, among others, inside Syria has left observers wondering why the U.S. picked this particular moment to mount its first ever strike across the Iraqi-Syrian border. Prior to the strike, the U.S. had been dialing down the anti-Syrian rhetoric, and praising the country's efforts to stem the flow of insurgents into Iraq.
In 2005, our correspondent Kate Seelye and producer Steve Talbot visited the region to try to find out what if anything Syria was doing at the time in response to U.S. pressure to seal off the border. In this excerpt from their report, Seelye gets a look, through barbed wire, at the embattled Marine outpost on the Iraq side, and talks with self-described "former" insurgents on the Syrian side.