Syrians bury those killed in US raid near Iraqi border

SUKKARIYEH, Syria (AP) -- Funerals are being held in a Syrian village near the Iraqi border for those killed yesterday in what's described as a U.S. raid.

The Syrian government says eight people were killed when four U.S. helicopters attacked a building under construction about five miles from the border. It says the dead included a man, his four children and a woman. However, local officials say seven men were killed while two other people, one a woman, were wounded. An Associated Press journalist attending the funerals in the village reports seeing the bodies of seven men, none of them minors.

A Pentagon official has confirmed that special forces conducted a raid in Syria. He says they were targeting the network of al-Qaida linked foreign fighters.

The raid took place just days after the commander of U.S. forces in western Iraq said American troops were redoubling efforts to secure the Syrian border, which he called an "uncontrolled" gateway for fighters entering Iraq.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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