World leaders, Obama call on Syrian president to step down
World leaders want Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
August 18th, 2011
10:09 AM ET

World leaders, Obama call on Syrian president to step down

[Updated at 10:10 a.m.] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday the United States "will take steps to mitigate any unintended effects of the (new) sanctions on the Syrian people."

Clinton also said the United States expects that other countries "will amplify the steps we are taking."

[Posted at 10:05 a.m.] The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom joined U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday in calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.

"Our three countries believe that President Assad, who is resorting to brutal military force against his own people and who is responsible for the situation, has lost all legitimacy and can no longer claim to lead the country," British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement.

"We call on him to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside in the best interests of Syria and the unity of its people."

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  1. JIM

    You tell em JIF. Im tired of our country being the worlds police force. No wonder everyone hates us.

    August 18, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Good luck with that, guys.

    August 18, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Not JIF.
    Not Jazzz.
    Not Pink Panther.
    It's Dick, the troll.
    He answers himself, so it looks like he has people agreeing with him.

    August 18, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Pipeline from Iran through Iraq...

    ...with destinations Lebanon and Syria has already been approved for construction. Once completed, Syrian and Lebanese customers will be saving about 40% on energy expenses. None of the Ng will be going to Israel though. Darn.

    August 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Justen beiber

    The USA has no right getting involved and same goes for Libya and Egypt. It's not our country so get the F out. USA is like hitler. We want to invade all countries and tell them how to run there country. Someone should bomb the he'll out of the USA. Teach us a lesson. We deserve another pear harbor for trying to police the world when in fact our countries government can't run the country.

    August 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pipeline from Iran through Iraq...

    Like that last batch of F-22 fighter jets Israel ordered from Uncle Sam. How did Saudi Arabia, Israel's sworn enemy, get to have them? All of them even.

    August 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. @ Justen beiber

    AIDS is already "bomb the hell out of USA" How many more bombs are needed?

    August 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. World vs. Israel

    With Iran set to supply Israel's enemies with all the cheap energy they need, and the US arming the highest bidder, who will stand and fight for Israel? God? Didn't he already try that?

    August 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Oh, goody.
    Someone's pushing their own AIDS agenda again.

    August 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. World vs. Israel

    shhh. mums the word about aids in Israel.

    August 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. World v. Israel

    Number of UN sanctions against Israel: over 100, several concerning Israel's illegal nuclear weapons programs. None concerning Israeli made UZZI machine guns, so you gangstas are good to go now. [interestingly, over 80% of illegal weapons confiscated by Mexican authorities are made in the USA. "Made in Israel" can be found on much of the remainder]

    August 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |

    i had a rare .45 uzzi... it was awesome.. till i had to throw it out the window one night...

    August 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AIDS is the agenda, dear.

    The biggest agenda to ever face mankind, a.k.a. 'pandemic' as the CDC, not just me, puts it. Shhhh.

    August 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©


    The world is aware of AIDS, dear.
    Please take it to the health blog, because it is disingenuous of one to keep inserting one's agenda in every thread.
    This one concerns Syria, dear, not the CDC's stats on AIDS, or your preoccupation with it.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©


    Okay, I'll bite: why did you have to throw it out the window?

    August 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
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