US Marines are locked in battle with Syrian troops after crossing the border from Iraq into Syria

DEBKAfile Intelligence

November 25, 2005

Both sides have suffered casualties. US soldiers crossed over after Damascus was given an ultimatum Thursday, Nov. 24, to hand over a group of senior commanders belonging to Abu Musab al Zarqawi’s al Qaeda force. According to US intelligence, the group had fled to Syria to escape an American attack in Mosul.

Syrian border guards opened fire on the American force.