05.08.2011 05.Aw-Elul, 5771
Top US diplomat repeats Assad has lost legitimacy; US analysts: Obama administration's heightened rhetoric must be matched by action, Assad unlikely to deploy Palestinians to Israel's borders in September.
Washington believes Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was responsible for more than 2,000 deaths in its nearly five-month crackdown on protests, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday.
Clinton repeated that the United States believes Assad has lost legitimacy in Syria, and said the U.S. and its allies are working on strategies to apply more pressure beyond new sanctions announced on Thursday. Washington extended sanctions Thursday to include a prominent Syrian businessman and member of parliament whom it said was a front for the interests of Assad and his brother, the fourth round of government-targeted sanctions yet….