US House Votes 398-4 to Impose Sanctions Against Syria

HeadlineOct 16, 2003

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 398-4 yesterday to impose news sanctions against Syria. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said, “Syria is a government at war with the values of the civilized world and a violent threat to free nations and free men everywhere.” Backers of the sanctions have charged Syria is attempting to acquire nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. The Arab American Institute warned the sanctions will weaken moderate forces within Syria who are seeking political change. Meanwhile tensions increased along the Syrian-Iraq border. Agence France Press is reporting that U.S. forces killed several men identified as foreign fighters along the border.

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