Saturday, August 6, 2011

State Dept: Get Out Of Syria

The U.S. State Department has issued a warning which urges all Americans to evacuate Syria immediately.
Those who must remain in Syria should limit all non- essential travel within the country, the department said. The warning also advised U.S. citizens to defer all travel plans to Syria. The State Department said several Syrian cities, including the capital, Damascus, have been placed on “heightened security,” while travelers on Syrian roads have encountered “an increased number of checkpoints and roadblocks.” With the Assad regime attributing the country’s protests and violence to foreign influences, detained U.S. citizens could find themselves accused of incitement or espionage, the department said.
Yesterday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Syria's present rulers "have lost their legitimacy to govern." Observers noted that Clinton stopped short of calling for Syria's president to resign.