Iraq hopes US raid won't harm relations with Syria

October 27, 2008 09:39

A senior Iraqi official said on Monday that Iraq did not want a US raid into Syria to harm Baghdad's relations with the Syrians. The Syrians said that US military helicopters launched the attack on Sunday on Syrian territory close to the border with Iraq, killing eight people. Damascus condemned the raid as "serious aggression." Foreign Ministry undersecretary Labib Abbawi said that the Iraqis hoped that the raid "does not impact negatively" on relations with Syria. He also said Monday that Baghdad was "trying to contain the fallout" from the "regrettable" incident. Abbawi said that the Iraqis were seeking more information from the US.

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