US May Shut Syrian Embassy
Washington demands better protection
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2012 3:45 PM CST
In this July 11, 2011, file photo, a paper on the U.S. embassy in Damascus building reads: "Ford go out now," referring to the U.S. ambassador Robert Ford.   (AP Photo, File)
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(Newser) – One more tangible sign that Syria is growing increasingly isolated amid its violent crackdown on protesters: The US is threatening to shut its embassy in Damascus by the end of the month because of the growing violence, reports the Washington Post. Administration officials say they will make good on the threat unless President Bashar al-Assad provides better protection for employees and staff. “Unless we see that, we have no choice,” says one. The Arab League, meanwhile, is deciding whether to extend its widely panned observers' mission.