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State Dept. Presses Syria on Terror

The State Department credited Syria on Tuesday with “limited progress” in restraining terrorists from crossing the border with Iraq and in expelling some extremists. But President Bashar Assad’s government has not gone far enough, particularly in closing the offices of extremist groups in Damascus, department spokesman Richard Boucher said. Earlier, and before Tuesday’s bloody truck bombing at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, the top U.S. official in Iraq took a tougher line against Syria. L. Paul Bremer, who is in charge of U.S. occupation forces, said Syria was allowing foreign terrorists to sneak across the border. “We held talks with the Syrians in this regard,” Bremer told the London-based Arabic newspaper Al Hayat. “We hope to see better cooperation.” Bremer also said he was still worried about Iran meddling in Iraq’s affairs. He accused Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Iranian intelligence of actively working against the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq. Full Story

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