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U.S. Says Libya, Syria Reduce Support for Terrorism

The United States said on Wednesday Syria and Libya reduced their support for “terrorism” they remained on a U.S. list of seven “state sponsors of terrorism” along with Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea and Sudan. In its annual “Patterns of Global Terrorism” report, the State Department said attacks by “international terrorists” dropped sharply to 199 in 2002 from 355 a year earlier and the number of deaths fell to 725 from 3,295 in 2001, a year that included the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington. Being designated “state sponsors of terrorism” means the seven nations are subject to a ban on U.S. arms-related exports and sales, controls over exports of “dual-use” items that could be used for military purposes, prohibitions on economic assistance and a variety of financial and other restrictions. The report again described Iran as the most active sponsor of such violence, saying its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Ministry of Intelligence and Security helped plan and support attacks and exhorted groups to commit them. Full Story

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