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US to slap sanctions on Syria

The United States will soon slap sanctions on Syria, under a 2003 law allowing President George W. Bush to punish the country for alleged support of radical Islamic groups and weapons programs, a US official said. “It’s coming,” said a White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official would not say what kind of sanctions would be imposed or when they might take effect. In November 2003, the US Congress approved economic and diplomatic sanctions against Syria, which Washington accuses of supporting terrorism. Bush signed the legislation, called the “Syria Accountability Act,” into law in late December. The law demands that Syria end its alleged support for terrorism, halt development of chemical and biological arms and medium and long-range missiles, and withdraw troops it has deployed in Lebanon. Full Story

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