Thursday, January 13, 2005

Stern Warning to Syria

US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage issued a set of demands and a stern warning to Syrian leaders in Damascus on January 2. Syria faces the threat of US military action if recently purchased anti-tank weapons show up in Iraq. Armitage relayed the following information:
Syria had better make sure that none of the Kornet AT-14 anti-tank missiles which it recently purchased in large quantities from East Europe turn up in Iraq. US intelligence has recorded their serial numbers to identify their source. DEBKAfile’s military sources add: Because he cannot afford to buy advanced fighter planes and tanks, Assad purchased massive quantities of the “third generation” Kornet AT-14 anti-tank weapons.
If Syria doesn't heed the warning:
Just in case any are found in Iraq, General Casey, commander of US forces in Iraq has already received orders from the commander-in-chief in the White House to pursue military action inside Syria according to his best military judgment.
Source: Debkafile