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Syrian diplomats threaten regime’s overseas opponents

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WHAT: U.S. authorities charge that Syrian embassy staffers, under direction of Ambassador Imad Moustapha, are tracking and photographing expatriate opponents of President Bashar al Assad’s regime and sending reports to Syria’s intelligence agency.

WHY: Syrian-Americans who participated in peaceful U.S. protests allege the embassy surveillance was used to intimidate them by causing their family members in Syria to be interrogated, threatened, arrested or even tortured and killed.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: The FBI is reportedly investigating accusations that Ambassador Moustapha and his staff threatened or harmed Syrian-Americans. Meanwhile, the State Department is confining Moustapha to a 25-mile radius around Washington.