WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The Bush administration is reportedly considering incursions into Syria as it tries to stem the flow of arms and fighters for the Iraqi insurgency.
The New York Times says U.S. and Syrian forces have already been involved in skirmishes on the border, including one this summer that left several Syrians dead.
One official told the Times the United States has taken the struggle right up to the border but not beyond. Other officials said U.S. forces have entered Syria both by accident and design.
Sources said the administration held a high-level discussion Oct. 1 on Syria and on putting pressure on President Bashar Assad. They told the Times President Bush has not selected a specific strategy yet.
The administration has reportedly offered Syria a deal similar to that with Libya -- with friendship and foreign aid exchanged for a number of concessions.