TV station: Syria pulls troops off of Iraqi border

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- A Syrian television station is reporting that the country is reducing the number of troops on its border with Iraq in response to a deadly U.S. cross-border raid.

Syrian and Iraqi officials did not immediately confirm the report.

The private station, Dunia, showed footage Thursday of Syrian troops dismantling positions on the border and leaving the area. The report says the act was a Syrian response to the "American aggression."

On Sunday, the U.S. military launched a deadly raid into Syria.

Washington hasn't formally acknowledged the raid. But U.S. officials say the target was a top al-Qaida in Iraq figure who operated a network that smuggled fighters into Iraq.

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


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