The Lonely Terrorist of Syria’s Last Straw: US Imposes sanctions (BBC)

The US is to impose sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for human rights abuses, sources have said.

It would be the first time Mr Assad has been targeted personally by the international community for his government’s crackdown on protesters.

President Barack Obama last month imposed sanctions on his brother Maher, his cousin and an intelligence chief.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that the US would be taking “additional steps” against Syria.

Mrs Clinton said the Syrian government had “embraced the worst tactics of their Iranian ally, and they have refused to honour the legitimate aspirations of their own people”.

“President Assad talks about reform, but his heavy-handed, brutal crackdown shows his true intentions,” she added.

The sanctions are expected to be announced before or during a major speech on the Middle East by President Obama on Thursday.

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