WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior administration official tells The
Associated Press that President Barack Obama is demanding that
Syrian President Bashar Assad resign for unleashing a sustained
assault against his people.
The official says Obama will make his first explicit call for
the Syrian leader to leave power in a written statement Thursday.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton then plans to speak about
the tougher U.S. stand a short time later.
The administration will also slap new sanctions on Syria through
an executive order.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because Obama had
not yet released his statement.
As Syrian protesters have called for an end to his regime, Assad
has unleashed tanks and ground troops in an attempt to retake
control in rebellious areas.
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