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June 3, 2011 8:57 am

Report: US to Toughen Up on Syria

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Washington Post – A group of mostly exiled Syrian opposition figures on Thursday called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hinted that the United States is preparing to take a tougher stance against Damascus, escalating pressure on the Syrian government as it presses ahead with its brutal crackdown against protesters.

In Washington, Clinton came closer than ever before to calling for Assad’s ouster and indicated that only China and Russia were preventing stronger action by the United Nations against the Syrian regime.

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