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US withdraws ambassador from Syria

[JURIST] President Bush Tuesday recalled the US ambassador in Syria [US Embassy in Syria website] amid rising tensions over the recent assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri in Beirut. Syria quickly condemned the murder in a press release issued by its US embassy in Washington, but the White House has publicly criticized [VOA report] Syria's ongoing military presence in Lebanon. US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said that Bush had summoned Ambassador Margaret Scobey back to the United States for "urgent consultations." Reuters has more.

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