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Europe to Boycott Syrian Oil Starting November 15

By on 9.1.11 | 7:24PM

As I noted last night, negotiations to finalize a European Union embargo on Syrian oil hit a snag when Italy demanded that sanctions be delayed until November 30. Today the Italians compromised, but only a little -- the sanctions, which will be formally announced on Friday, will begin November 15.

When the sanctions do go into effect, they'll have a bigger impact on the Assad regime than any diplomatic move so far. While Rome's insistence on the 10-week delay is pretty shameful, I won't be quite as hard on Italy as her own potty-mouthed prime minister.

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