Bush imposes new sanctions on Syria

AP, Feb. 13, 2008

WASHINGTON - President Bush has authorized new sanctions against Syria because of that country's alleged interference in Iraq and Lebanon.

Bush signed an executive order Wednesday to expand sanctions that block the property of senior Syrian government officials and their associates who are deemed to be responsible for — or have engaged in — public corruption.

Bush said the Syrian government undermines efforts to stabilize Iraq. He also said Syria continues to undermine Lebanon's sovereignty and democracy, imprisons democracy activists, curtails human rights and sponsors and harbors terrorists.

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