In a show of brotherly affection, residents of an Iraqi city near the Syrian border have pledged their allegiance to Syria's rebel forces. The residents of Al-Qaem told AFP that they owe Syria one for their support during the 2005 U.S. invasion. Said one town member:
"The brothers in Syria stood with the Iraqis ... when U.S. forces surrounded us in 2005, and opened their border and their hearts to us ... They delivered us everything we needed – food, medicine, men and weapons ... from several places in Syria, so we must pay back to them the gratitude and charity in their ordeal."