U.S. Orders Syrian Embassy in D.C. Closed Amid War's Atrocities

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The State Department announced today it has ordered Syria to end consular services at its embassy in Washington and consular offices in Michigan and Texas because of the atrocities in the continuing Syria war.

All Syrian diplomats who are not U.S. citizens or not lawful U.S. residents must depart, effectively ending diplomatic and consular functions in the United States.

The announcement says this does not mean the end to diplomatic relations, although in effect, there will be no Syrian representation in the United States.

The U.S. withdrew its diplomats from the Damascus embassy in 2011.

There is a special envoy, Daniel Rubinstein, assigned to Syria but he travels elsewhere in the region.

The order comes three years since the start of the bloody civil war in Syria that has killed more than 140,000 people and displaced millions more. Many of the victims have been children.

— Andrea Mitchell and Catherine Chomiak