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Thousands gather in protest against U.S. raid

October 31, 2008|Times Wire Reports

Tens of thousands of people crowded a Damascus square in a government-orchestrated rally to denounce a deadly U.S. raid on Syrian territory near Iraq.

The demonstration was held a mile from the U.S. Embassy, which shut for the day over security concerns. Hundreds of Syrian riot police guarded the embassy, and demonstrators dispersed peacefully after two hours of chanting anti-American slogans.

Syria has threatened to end border security cooperation with the United States and Iraq over Sunday's attack, which U.S. officials say killed a top Al Qaeda figure who organized the movement of fighters and weapons into Iraq. Syria says eight civilians were killed.

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