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US Orders Syrian Embassy in DC to Shut Down

(WASHINGTON) -- Three years into Syria's violent civil war, the United States has suspended the operations of that country’s embassy in Washington, D.C., and its honorary consulates in Troy, Mich., and Houston.

Those who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents must depart the United States, according to Special Envoy Daniel Rubinstein.

The White House says the Assad government is guilty of atrocities and the U.S. no longer believes the diplomats are worthy of serving in the United States capital. 

This stops short of cutting off diplomatic relations because the U.S. has hopes a new government there will eventually assume power.

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