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Syria seeks UN intervention into fatal U.S. commando raid

Syria sought the intervention of the UN Security Council into the cross-border U.S. commando raid that killed eight Syrians Sunday.

In a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday, Syrian government wanted "the U.S. held responsible for the deaths of the innocent Syrian nationals.''

"Syria draws attention to this aggressive act and expects the UN Security Council and member countries to assume their responsibility by preventing a repetition of this dangerous violation," Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari told reporters after making the request.

A letter has also been sent to Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui, the current president of the 15-nation council, asking for action to be taken.

Earlier, in an apparent response to the fatal U.S. attack inside Syria, the Syrian government ordered that the American cultural center and the American school in the capital, Damascus, be closed.

Syria criticized the attack as an act of "criminal and terrorist aggression." Its foreign minister Walid Muallem warned that his country would defend itself from any such attacks in the future.

The U.S. military in Iraq has not commented on reports about the raid in Syria, whom Washington has blacklisted as a sponsor of terrorism.

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