Obama extends sanctions against Syria
President Barack Obama extended American sanctions against Syria, saying on Monday it supported terrorist groups and pursued weapons of mass destruction and missile programs. Syria's actions and policies "pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States," Obama said in a statement, cited by Reuters.
He noted that Damascus had "made some progress in suppressing foreign fighter networks infiltrating suicide bombers into Iraq."
"As we have communicated to the Syrian government directly, Syrian actions will determine whether this national emergency is renewed or terminated in the future," the US leader said.