I'm kinda surprised this wasn't brought up. After 25 years of severed relations Syria has restored them with Iraq.
Iraq and Syria severed relations more than 25 years ago, when Syria threw its support behind Iran during the eight-year-long war between Iraq and Iran.
Iraq's foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, said both countries would re-open their embassies immediately and there would be cooperation on all fronts, especially security.
Syria is widely believed to have done little to stop foreign fighters from crossing its border to join Sunni insurgents in Iraq. It also has provided refuge for many top members of Saddam Hussein's former leadership and political corps, which is thought to have organized arms and funding for the insurgents. The hope now is that renewed relations between the neighbors will encourage Damascus to stop the border crossings, and help Iraq get on the road to peace and stability.
The article is kind of a double edged sword though. On the one hand Syria getting involved COULD be a good thing as they might now have interest in bringing peace to Iraq. However having a country like Syria being involved in Iraq at all just doesn't seems like a good idea. Depends what they actually do I suppose. Will the try to stop border crossings? Will they try work towards democracy or are they going to try to push some puppet dictator into power?
Hopefully this will mean the end of weapons and combatants flow through the Iraqi-Syrian border. Or at least a sharp decrease. Nevertheless, Syria is still a state with some very troubling foreign policies.
Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
16th April 2005
Interesting for the Ba'ath Party, which schismed between the Syrian branch and the Iraqi branch. The Syrian Ba'athists are still in power, after all.
Other than that, it may just be Syria showing that it can do something (and thus take some heat off), or looking for another puppet after the loss of Lebanon, or even looking to revive the Iraqi Ba'ath party under the Syrian line of thought.
27th April 2003
RLt.W1982;3391281Hopefully this will mean the end of weapons and combatants flow through the Iraqi-Syrian border. Or at least a sharp decrease. Nevertheless, Syria is still a state with some very troubling foreign policies.
With or without tacit or overt support from Syria, insurgents will likely contend the anbar province for the rest of the US occupation.
I'm too cool to Post
17th July 2003
Dont mean to sound skeptical but I see sides forming for a Civil War.
Iran is mostly Shia and supports Iraq's Shiite's
Syria is motly Sunni and supports the Ba'ath Party.
The sides are now drawn. Only have to wait and see what happens.
Im half expecting armed incursions into Iraqi territory to "secure" the borders.
Ultima ratio regum
7th November 2005
oughta be a hell of a fight, lets start collecting a pot. I say the war ends with a Shiite victory by 2012
SFC III Troubleshooter.
5th September 2006
Roaming East;3393773oughta be a hell of a fight, lets start collecting a pot. I say the war ends with a Shiite victory by 2012
Maybe, but does it count if we go to sudden death with say...making parking lots for Wal-Mart via the A-bomb? ohh, then I'd win:nodding: