U.S. unleashes rhetorical fury against Syria after embassy attack (2)

16:57, July 13, 2011      

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In late April, the United States imposed sanctions on some senior Syrian officials, and in May, the sanctions squarely targeted al-Assad himself.

On May 19, Obama, in his major Middle East policy speech, demanded al-Assad "either lead the transition, or stay out of the way."

Meanwhile, Washington has been increasing its support to the Syrian opposition, from initial efforts of trying to identify the opposition's background and nature to the recent reaching-out by the U.S. ambassador in Hama.

The United States "will focus on sanctions, more diplomatic action at the UN, and work on developing the opposition," said Andrew Tabler, a Syria expert with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The United States has yet to deliver the ultimatum for al-Assad's departure, "because regime change in Syria takes a different pace than in Libya," he said.

Some in the United States have been talking about further isolating Syria by imposing sanctions on its oil and financial sectors.

Another option for the United States would be forming a broader international coalition to push for a UN Security Council resolution to force al-Assad out, analysts say.

Source: Xinhua

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