Report: Rumsfeld exerting pressure on Bush to launch military strike against Syria
In a memo recently sent to the National Security Council (NSC), US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said "terrorists", including Hizbullah members, "continue to cross the border from Syria to Iraq", contacting Shiite Muslims in the war-stricken country.
According to reports reaching Washington, "terror organizations" are still "operating in Syria - also by use of mobile phones and generators".
In the Pentagon, according to reports, there is mounting pressure in favor of aerial and pinpoint attacks against Syria.
Rumsfeld and the Pentagon's civilian echelon have been reportedly recommending the US leader to launch military action against Syria, in wake of Damascus' "continuous support of the Hizbullah and the opportunity it provides for terrorists to penetrate from its territories into Iraq".
According to reports published in the US press, these Pentagon officials have been pressuring the White House into approving military action against Damascus, but not through a massive force invasion.
Richard Perle, a member of the Pentagon advisory board and a close advisor to Rumsfeld, has recently lashed out at Syria, saying the United States had "big problems" with Damascus.
"One of the things they're [the Syrians] doing is facilitating the entry into Iraq of terrorists who are there to kill Americans," he told CNN. (Albawaba.com)
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