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U.S. to Expel Top Syrian Diplomat After Other Nations Do Same


The United States expelled Syria’s top diplomat Tuesday after other countries, including Britain, France, and Australia, did the same. The expulsion is in protest of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad’s slaughter of Syrian civilians on Friday. According to Fox News:

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday that the U.S. government has given Syria's charge d'affaires 72 hours to leave the country.

"In response to the May 25 massacre in the village of Houla, today the United States informed the Syrian Charge d'Affaires Zuheir Jabbour of his expulsion from the United States," she said in a statement. "We took this action in coordination with partner countries including Australia, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, and Germany." …

Officials from a series of countries, including France, Britain and Australia, said earlier Tuesday they were expelling Syrian diplomats.