Seeking to Punish Syria for Broken Promises on Iraq

(Washington Post) - Syria has failed to fulfill key promises to cooperate on Iraq, particularly to close down the traffic of foreign fighters and smugglers across its border, which is triggering new congressional efforts to impose tougher U.S. restrictions on Damascus, according to U.S. and congressional officials. Assad has also not returned to Iraq $3 billion from Saddam Hussein's government held in Syrian banks, or closed offices of Islamic extremists and Palestinian radicals in the Syrian capital. Pressure is now mounting on the Bush administration to finally impose the sanctions outlined in the Syrian Accountability Act. Some House lawmakers said they intend to introduce a new Syria-Lebanon liberation act that would mandate broader sanctions against Syria than are called for in the current law.

2004-04-30 00:00:00

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