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Syria Puts New Curbs on Militants

After a series of stern U.S. warnings, Syrian President Bashar Assad has ordered the offices of three of the most notorious Palestinian and Islamic extremist groups in this capital to be closed, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said Saturday. American officials reacted cautiously to the move — a key U.S. demand — because Assad has made promises in the past he has failed to fulfill. But Powell said that he had told the Syrian leader of other measures Washington expects the regime to take and that the Bush administration would be waiting for a response. “They did closures. I expect them to do more with respect to access and appearances of various officials from some of these organizations,” Powell said at a news conference in Lebanon after leaving Damascus to return to Washington. Full Story

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