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Powell Warns Syria, Iran Not to Aid Terrorists

In strong and accusatory language, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell called on Syria and Iran last night to stop supporting terrorists. He warned that Syria’s leadership “faces a critical choice” and will be held responsible for help it gives to the government of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Powell became the second Cabinet secretary in three days to warn the two countries, which the United States considers state sponsors of terrorism. On Friday, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld charged that Syria is shipping military supplies across its border to Iraq, calling the move a hostile act. “Syria can continue direct support for terrorist groups and the dying regime of Saddam Hussein, or it can embark on a different and more hopeful course,” Powell said in an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “Either way, Syria bears responsibility for its choices and for the consequences.” Full Story

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