May 3rd, 2010
07:25 PM ET

Obama extends sanctions against Syria

President Barack Obama has decided to extend sanctions on Syria, sending a letter to Congress Monday saying the yrians' continued support for terrorist organizations posed "a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States."

The president said Syria had "made some progress in suppressing foreign fighter networks infiltrating suicide bombers into Iraq," but its "actions and policies" regarding terror networks made it necessary to keep the sanctions in place.

The economic sanctions, first enacted in 2003, bar exports to Syria and ban Syrian commercial aircraft from landing in the United States. "As we have communicated to the Syrian government directly, Syrian actions will determine whether this national emergency is renewed or terminated in the future," Obama's letter said.

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  1. bw2004

    i think terror is what there doing to the populations to take the kingdom by violence and force every time i read revelations it makes me nervous for those against god and his son they say peace and securety but there ravenous wolves christ told us all about this time give christ praise for he will deliver not one in his hand can be taken away

    May 4, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Swiss814

    People, Syria is Iran's biggest ally in the Middle East. It is a very smart move to put sanctions on the country if you are tyring to make a statement to Iran.

    May 4, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. robert


    @Berny, I don't know where to begin, you acknowledge Syria is a bully but say I'm wrong and the others are right. Do you really think this is about right and wrong? Do you truly believe the US sets its foreign policy based on some universal concept of "good"? This is about sides. The US is acting in its own best interest. Syria is sponsoring acts of terrorism that conflict with American interests and that is why they are being sanctioned. If they committed acts of terrorism that supported American interests the outcome would certainly be different. And this is not unique to the US. All countries peruse the best interests of their nation even to the detriment of other nations and even if means breaking international law. How long would a government last if it said to its voters, we can't give you X because it will make people in another country unhappy. Countries act internationally like a lawyer acts in a courtroom. They aren't trying to find the most just solution, they are trying to find the best solution for those they represent.

    I don't support US foreign policy. I think it is the cause of many of the problems we have today. At the same time I don't let my disagreement with the US make me a contrarian like the Republican party, disagreeing with everything the government does for no other reason than to oppose and obstruct.

    I totally agree that the US should stop sponsoring terrorism. At the same time, I don't think other countries should be permitted to continue sponsoring terrorism until that miraculous day the US becomes a peace loving country.

    May 4, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jake

    How many people on this comment section have ever been out of their own back yard? I have been to many different countries and have been in IRAQ. Rest assured when I say that in IRAQ there are Syrians that are assisting in the efforts to help Iraq. There are also Syrians that oppose and choose Jihad against the Americans. Syria is a country that has its problems but they do sponsor Terrorists. Chris you are on to something. When you state that we have changed the world we have.... Why do all walks of life want to live here and then fall back to the rules of the society they left? We as Americans are from all walks of life and Syria along with Iran tend to play that US is a bad country. I didn't see any relief coming from them on 9-11 or during the war efforts. It is what it is. What goes around will come around.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jake

    An Arab... No one is forcing the US to do anything. If we do anything we choose to do it. It is as simple as that. your mind set sounds as though you have been controlled in your lifetime. Wait you have been sorry...

    May 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jman

    One day, one Government

    May 4, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mihjazi

    hugh jorgan, at least his mom CAN get table Scraps

    May 4, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mihjazi

    And at least his moms hair doesn't scare blind children

    May 4, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mihjazi

    Hey Jake,

    How do ya know they're not just sponsoring the innocent people in iraq. and if syria and the U.S know each other, the terrorists wouldn't want sponsoring from syria because they'll think its just a plan for them to get captured

    May 4, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mihjazi

    By the way Saidu you spelled bomBer without the second B

    May 4, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mihjazi

    and Hugh the poop thing doesn't make any sense, and Its mUhammad not mOhammad, plus it cant be about muhammad because they dont know how he looks like. *cough* STUPID *cough*

    May 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cutter Gonzalez

    I see that many call this post "nonsense" or "not worth discussing" and other things. Unfortunately, it is worth discussing. It is a world issue now, it is occurring, and requires discussion. It is a heated topic, I see, but not one we should simply discount because we disagree. Please, if you are going to post on international affairs, spell correctly, use at least decent grammar, and present yourself professionally so that your opinion may be respectfully considered.

    On the topic, sanctions are somewhat necessary. It is not inflicting any direct damage to the country as striking them physically, it simply encourages them to take action. Thank you.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mihjazi

    hey america for the win,

    you shouldn't make fun of Other peoples religion. If you cant prove anything, keep ur mouth shut!

    P.S I wonder how water got onto earth if there is no water OR oxygen in space, H2O Where'd the helium and oxygen come from? We'll if there is no god I bet things happen PRETTY GOOD.

    P.S.S where'd the white robe and beard come from?

    May 4, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mihjazi

    with LOVE? LOL it should be With hatred

    May 4, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mihjazi

    3air difference i don't think you understand...

    first I'm Arab and Syrian born in america. i hate being criticized of things i didn't do. two years ago when I was 11 I was being called TERRORIST?! funny huh?
    it's not all the arabs doing bad things..........EX: if your friends had a drive by that you weren't part of AT ALL and you went to jail for it would that be fair?No. this goes for all of you

    May 4, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
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