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Plotting Attacks in Syria

President Obama's policy of engaging our enemies has a hit a roadblock in Syria, as the country has once again become a staging ground for suicide bombers and foreign fighters preparing to strike in Iraq. Last Friday, only two days after the U.S. sent diplomats for the second time to Syria, Obama renewed sanctions against the nation for "supporting terrorism in the Middle East." One would-be suicide bomber who was captured last month confirmed what military officials had suspected: More and more terrorists are setting up operations in Syria and then smuggling fighters across the border when the time is right. U.S. officials are unsure of just how aware the upper echelons of the Syrian government are of the terrorist networks in their backyard. One source estimated that 20 fighters a month are slipping into Iraq from Syria.