May 18, 2011 It's hoped, the administration says, that the moves pressure the Assad regime to "end its use of violence against its people and begin transitioning to a democratic system that protects the rights of the Syrian people."
May 10, 2011 President Bashar Assad and his supporters "must accept a political change" that leads to a multi-party form of government, says writer Yassin Haj Saleh, who was kept in prison by the regime for 16 years. Syria's people, he says, will accept no less.
April 25, 2011 "The brutal violence used by the government of Syria against its people is completely deplorable," says spokesman Tommy Vietor. "The United States is pursuing a range of possible policy options, including targeted sanctions."
March 29, 2011 The Syrian leader would remain in place. He's hoping that concessions will satisfy protesters, who have raised the most significant challenge yet to Assad's rule.