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U.S. sanctions on Syrian gov’t not sufficient

The latest U.S. call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster and its new sanctions imposed on Damascus may not be sufficient to bring down Assad, U.S. experts said on Thursday.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called for Assad to step down after months of alleged government violence, which human rights groups said have killed 1,800 Syrian civilians since mid-March.

In a televised speech the same day, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the democratic transition in Syria has begun and it was time for Assad to “get out of the way,” labeling his treatment of anti-government protestors a “brutal crackdown.”

Obama issued a new executive order that immediately froze all assets of the Syrian government under U.S. jurisdiction, and prohibited all U.S. citizens from engaging in any transactions involving the Syrian government.

It also “bans U.S. imports of Syrian-origin petroleum or petroleum products; prohibits U.S. persons from having any dealings in or related to Syria’s petroleum or petroleum products; and prohibits U.S. persons from operating or investing in Syria.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury announced that it barred trade with five Syrian oil and gas companies, including General Petroleum Corporation, Syrian Company For Oil Transport, Syrian Gas Company, Syrian Petroleum Company and Sytrol.

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