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Syria Getting Terrorists to Close Offices

Secretary of State Colin Powell said Saturday that Syria has begun forcing groups the Bush administration considers terrorist organizations to close their offices in Damascus, but more is expected. At a news conference at the presidential palace in Beirut, Powell told reporters that in their talks in Syria, he and President Bashar Assad discussed “all of the outstanding issues,” including weapons of mass destruction, turning wanted Iraqis over to the United States, Syria’s support for the militant Islamic organizations and sealing the border with Iraq. On each point, Powell said, the Syrian leader said he wanted to consider the issues further and then follow up diplomatically. Powell earlier rejected the idea put forth by Syria of immediate U.S. support for an Arab-backed U.N. resolution on ridding the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction — a proposal obviously aimed at Israel. Full Story

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