FOX Facts: History of U.S.-Syrian Diplomatic Relations

Islamic militants attempted to storm the U.S. Embassy in Damascus on Tuesday using automatic rifles, hand grenades and at least one van rigged with explosives, the government said.

Here is a brief history of U.S. relations with Syria:

• 1835: First U.S. consuls were appointed to Syria

• March, 1847: U.S. Consular Agency was established at Aleppo

• May 11, 1908: Consular Agency at Aleppo was upgraded to a Consulate

After the United States entered World War I, Turkey severed diplomatic relations and U.S. consular posts in Syria were closed

• December, 1942: U.S. Legation and Consular Office was established in Damascus

• August 27, 1952: U.S. elevates its legation in Syria to embassy status

• June, 1974: U.S.-Syrian relations, severed in 1967, were resumed following the achievement of the Syrian-Israeli disengagement agreement

• 1989: The U.S. and Syria consulted closely on the Taif Accord, ending the civil war in Lebanon

• 1990-91: Syria cooperated with the U.S. as a member of the multinational coalition of forces in the Gulf War

• May, 2004: The Bush administration, pursuant to the provisions of the Syrian Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act, imposed sanctions on Syria

• February, 2005: In the wake of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, the U.S. recalls its ambassador to Washington for consultations