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Syria given warning on terrorists

House OKs sanctions if haven remains for attacks in Iraq. The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday long pushed by Democratic Rep. Tom Lantos of San Mateo that would impose sanctions on Syria unless that country makes a greater effort to crack down on terrorists operating from within its territory. The legislation, which passed 398 to 4, had been bottled up in committee until a few weeks ago when House Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, persuaded the White House to allow it to move forward. DeLay and others in Congress say that Syria’s long practice of harboring terrorist groups finally became too much for the United States to bear when Syria opened its border with Iraq to allow irregulars to cross into Iraq to attack American soldiers. DeLay was particularly bellicose in Wednesday’s House debate, warning the Syrian regime of President Basher Assad that sanctions could be just the start of U.S. action against Syria as President Bush wages a global war against terrorism. Full Story

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