Syria says new wave of US sanctions is 'economic terrorism'

DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian government condemned Wednesday a new wave of U.S. sanctions against the country, calling the measures "economic terrorism" that will increase the suffering of the Syrian people.

A Foreign Ministry statement said Washington's so-called Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, which goes into effect this month, is based on "lies and fabricated claims by enemies of the Syrian people."

The act, which gained bipartisan support in Congress in...