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By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
Topic - Faisal Mekdad
A team of U.N. weapons inspectors arrived in Damascus on Sunday for a long-delayed mission to investigate the alleged use of chemical arms in Syria's civil war.
Syria sharply criticized NATO's move to deploy Patriot missiles along its border with Turkey, calling the decision "provocative," as the West took a major step toward a possible military role in the civil war.
In a BBC interview Tuesday, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said officials from several Western intelligence agencies had recently visited Damascus for talks on combating radical Islamist groups.
Asked which Western nations he was referring to — and whether any officials from Britain had been among them — Mr. Mekdad said he would "not specify, but many of them have visited Damascus."