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Syria Crisis: U.S. Expelling Syrian Charge D'affaires, Says Official

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WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department is expelling Syria's charge d'affaires in Washington following a wave of deadly attacks on civilians in Syria over the weekend, a U.S. official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Syrian diplomat would be given 72 hours to depart the country. Syria's longtime ambassador to Washington, Imad Moustapha, was recalled to Damascus late last year and a formal replacement had not been named. (Reporting By Andrew Quinn; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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