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Commanders Doubt Syria Is Entry Point

Commanders of U.S. military forces responsible for monitoring the border between Iraq and Syria say there is no evidence from human intelligence sources or radar surveillance aircraft indicating that significant numbers of foreign fighters are crossing into Iraq illegally. U.S. and Iraqi forces are working together to secure Iraq’s borders against infiltration by foreigners intent on assisting attacks against troops and civilians associated with the occupation. U.S. officials blamed foreign fighters for four suicide car bombings in Baghdad on Monday that killed at least 35 people. Along Iraq’s 300-mile border with Syria, the 101st Airborne Division is guarding the northern portion of the frontier and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment is watching the southern portion. A 60-mile stretch of border north of the Euphrates River remains unpatrolled by U.S. forces or Iraqi border police but is being monitored by air. Under a project that the U.S. military calls Operation Chamberlain, sophisticated Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) planes are gathering information about vehicle movement and relaying it to ground forces. Full Story

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