U.S. Calls for Syrian President to Step Down

After 5-months of deadly crackdowns in Syria that may have killed nearly 2-thousand civilians -- The U-S government called in the strongest terms yet - for Syria's president to step down.
The Obama Administration is demanding Syrian president Bashar Assad - step down.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “The transition to democracy in Syria has begun, and it's time for Assad to get out of the way."

It's the strongest statement yet from the U-S government. Just before Secretary of State Clinton spoke...

President Obama issued a statement, accusing the Syrian president of imprisoning, torturing - and slaughtering his own people.

For the last five months -- amateur video posted to the web has shown what appears to be Syrian government forces taking aim at protestors. The demonstrators are calling for an end to Assad's regime, and a move towards democracy. Human rights groups estimate - the crackdowns have killed almost 2-thousand people.

Moments after the White House called for Assad to resign.. Leaders from Britain, France, Germany - and European Union all issued the same message.

The Assad government has insisted -- it's only targeting terrorists operating inside Syria. State television showed video supporting the regime's claim that the violence has ended -- and troops are withdrawing.

But, human rights groups insist -- the assaults never stopped. These protestors agree.

They took to the streets north of Damascus -- showing their support for the thousands who fled the area to escape the violence. And -- they called for the execution of Syrian President Assad.

The United Nations is now looking into whether the crackdowns are crimes against humanity that should be referred to the International Criminal Court.

The White House also imposed new sanctions against Syria Thursday. They freeze all Syrian assets inside the U-S, ban American citizens from doing any new business with Syrian companies, and - the sanctions ban importing Syrian oil.

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