US: Attack Was 'Warning' to Jihadist-Friendly Syria

Damascus closes American school, cultural center
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 28, 2008 2:00 PM CDT
A Syrian policeman stands in front of the American School in Damascus, which the Syrian government says will close until "further notice."   (AP Photo/Ola al-Rifai)
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(Newser) – The US says its attack Sunday on a Syrian village was a warning to Damascus to take more action against Iraq-bound militants. “We are left with no choice but to take matters into our own hands,” an official tells the Times of London. Washington recently praised Syria for curtailing the number of jihadists crossing the border, but sees weapons and money moving with little interference.

Meanwhile, Syria moved today to close an American school and US cultural center in retaliation, AP reports. The prime minister and cabinet say the closures are until “further notice.” They called the attacks a “barbaric” and “brutal crime” that “represents a climax of state terrorism exercised by the US administration.”