Syrian human rights activists told Bloomberg News that on July 22 more than 1 million Syrians took to the street, defying the government’s stepped-up security measures, to demand an end to the dictatorship of President Bashar al-Assad.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met in Geneva with Syrians seeking to end the rule of President Bashar al-Assad, a sign of the Obama administration’s determination to see the end of al-Assad’s government.
The goal of convening a Syrian peace conference was thwarted by opposition groups that aren’t ready to negotiate a political solution to the country’s civil war, United Nations special envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said.
The U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, left the country after “credible threats against his safety,” Haynes Mahoney, the American Embassy’s deputy chief of mission, said today by phone from Damascus.
The U.S. is stepping up the pressure on Syria, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met yesterday with opposition activists and lawmakers announced new sanctions legislation against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.