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Entering Syria From Iraq: al-Qaeda

Meanwhile, UN monitors remain glum about their prospects there
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2012 7:39 AM CDT
Updated Jul 5, 2012 8:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – Syria is being flooded by al-Qaeda fighters crossing in from Iraq "to help, to liaise, to carry out terrorist attacks," according to "solid information and intelligence" obtained by the Iraqi government, reports Reuters. Further, Iraq's foreign minister today noted that the warning about the al-Qaeda flow is nothing new—Baghdad has apparently been telling Damascus about it for years, reports the AP. In other Syria news:

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  • Don't expect to see UN monitors back in Syria anytime soon. The New York Times reports that the officer in charge of the observers today explained that the violence had hit "unprecedented levels," and that until there is an actual cease-fire, it will be impossible to restart the mission, which was put on ice in mid-June.
  • Following yesterday's news that the bodies of the pilots flying the Turkish jet downed by Syria had been found: Al-Jazeera adds that the US deep-sea exploration vessel that found them was the E/V Nautilus, owned by explorer Robert Ballard ... who discovered the Titanic's wreck in 1985.
  • And WikiLeaks is once again making waves for something other than Julian Assange's legal mess: It today started releasing some 2.4 million Syrian emails.
(Read more Syria stories.)

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