The United States is moving toward an explicit call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, multiple U.S. government sources have told CNN.
The move is expected in the coming days, after the United States consults with the United Nations Security Council. The United States has opposed Assad's security crackdown on protests across Syria.
Administration officials have been talking among themselves about when would be the most effective time to call on al-Assad (pictured) to step down, several sources over the past week have told CNN. Officials described the White House as being more eager, while the State Department was more cautious about the ramifications should al-Assad not heed the call.
A Security Council meeting is expected Wednesday, multiple U.S. government sources told CNN.FULL STORY