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Associated Press - October 27, 2008 11:43 AM ET

LONDON (AP) - Syria's foreign minister says a U.S. military raid inside Syrian territory was an act of "criminal and terrorist aggression."

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says if there was a repeat of the weekend raid "we would defend our territories."

The U.S. military says it was targeting the network of al-Qaida-linked foreign fighters moving through Syria to help fight in the war in Iraq. Syria says troops in four helicopters attacked a building and killed eight people, including four children.

Al-Moallem was in London Monday for talks with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. The two were supposed to hold a joint press conference, but Miliband opted out.

The British government has declined to comment on the raid.

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