This is interesting…
BAGHDAD– Iraqi and U.S. troops targeted a hub for Al Qaida-inspired fighters based in Syria in northern Iraq over the weekend.
“The city of Tall Afar has been a suspected haven for terrorists crossing into Iraq from Syria,” the U.S. military said in a statement.
The battle in Tall Afar, about 60 kilometers west of Mosul, lasted throughout Sunday,, Middle East Newsline reported. Officials said U.S. combat units and Iraqi forces, backed by helicopters, battled insurgents for several hours before withdrawing from Tall Afar.
Since July, the U.S. military has tried to halt the flow of insurgents from Syria to Iraq. The military has conducted a sustained operation in the Anbar province along the border with Syria to stop insurgents and weapons.
Which begs the questions: How do you stop the infiltrations? Is it time to begin running punative strikes on Syria?