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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

White House Says Syria Broke Pledge

WASHINGTON -- The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush says that despite pledges, Syria has not stopped militants from crossing into Iraq to kill U.S. soldiers.

In testimony prepared for a House hearing Tuesday, John Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control, says the administration is also concerned about what it sees as Syria's continuing support for terrorist groups like Hamas, and he reiterates accusations that Syria has an ambitious program to develop chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

But Bolton's testimony says there is "no information" that Syria has transferred any unconventional weapons it may have to the terrorist groups it is said to support. He also says the administration "has been unable to confirm" reports that Iraq covertly transferred unconventional weapons it may have had to Syria "in an attempt to hide them from United Nations inspectors and coalition forces." Syria has denied that it has unconventional weapons.

Late last week, the testimony was cleared by the intelligence community and the White House. A copy of the public part of the testimony, to the International Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia, was provided to The New York Times by individuals who feel that the accusations against Syria have received insufficient attention.

The administration has previously accused Syria of permitting foreign fighters to pass into Iraq.

Bolton declined to comment or elaborate on his planned testimony.