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U.S. Recalls Ambassador to Syria as Suspicions Over Bombing Grow

The U.S. ambassador to Syria was called back to Washington on Tuesday as anger swelled against Damascus after the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. In Beirut, where Hariri was killed by a massive car bomb Monday, livid mourners spilled into the tense streets, cursing Syria while Koranic verse filled the air. Mobs attacked Syrian laborers in southern Lebanon and burned tires outside a Syrian government building in Beirut. The Lebanese army went on alert, and flatbed trucks loaded with soldiers appeared on street corners throughout Beirut. It is unclear who engineered the attack that killed Hariri and at least nine others, but his death has pitched Syria deeper into isolation and vulnerability. Suspicions have landed squarely on this country, which may pay a diplomatic and political price for the billionaire construction magnate’s death. Full Story

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