May 29th, 2012
11:36 AM ET

U.S. joins others in expelling top Syrian diplomats

The United States and seven other countries across the globe announced they were expelling Syrian diplomats Tuesday in a coordinated move reflecting the international outrage about a massacre in the town of Houla.

A U.N. official said it's "clear" that Syrian government forces were involved in the massacre, which left more than 100 people dead, nearly half of them children.

The State Department Sp0keswoman Victoria Nuland just released a statement about the expulsion:

In response to the May 25 massacre in the village of Houla, today the United States informed the Syrian Charge d’Affaires Zuheir Jabbour of his expulsion from the United States. He has 72 hours to leave the country. We took this action in coordination with partner countries including Australia, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, and Germany.

United Nations observers confirmed the deaths of more than 90 people, including at least 30 children under the age of 10, after the vicious assault involving tanks and artillery – weapons that only the regime possesses. There are also reports that many families were summarily executed in their homes by regime forces.

We hold the Syrian government responsible for this slaughter of innocent lives. This massacre is the most unambiguous indictment to date of the Syrian government’s flagrant violations of its UN Security Council obligations under Resolutions 2042 and 2043 along with the regime’s ongoing threat to peace and security.

We encourage all countries to condemn the actions of the Asad regime through similar action.


Filed under: Diplomacy • Syria
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  1. Gerard Christine

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    April 27, 2013 at 10:34 am | Reply
  2. Play

    Hi, I know exactly what you mean about words faliing me. After I read the Time article on Houla it didn't even occur to me to write a post, as words quite literally failed me. Now many of us have managed to post about Syria and our desire to see the killing stop. Hopefully in some very small way, our words will help end the killing. As always in these situations, it is so important to keep the issue front of mind for the rest of the world, that is something that the blogging community can do.

    August 2, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  3. Spectator

    A clear sign that diplomacy is off the table. This can only mean one thing. We're going in.

    May 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  4. Hahahahahahahahaha

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahaha

    May 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  5. Think Tank

    Somebody high up in the syrian government is going to assasinate Al Assad.
    Its not about loyalty, its about money.
    When the cash runs out, they will turn on thier master.
    The possibility of being tried for war crimes looms large.

    May 30, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
  6. syrian-americam

    I am ashamed to have such ignorant and shortsighted people running the state department and the foreign policy of the US. We supported Taliban in Afghanistan in the 80's so they can topple the socialist government supported by the USSR. We did that out of our hatred to the soviets, not out of any strategy or any study of the end result in the region, we know what happened because of the shortsightedness of overpaid state department policy setters. Now we are supporting fundamentalist Muslims in Syria to topple Assad. Using Knives is the signature style of the Qaeda and Muslim Brothers. There is no reliable source in Syria to tell the truth. The problem with Assad is not that he is a dictator, but that he does not do what we ask him to do ( like other dictators in the Middle East).

    May 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • Reasonable Man

      While I agree terrorists are fully capable of infiltrating any of these movements, the use of tank weaponry at any point, especially at the beginning of the protests destroyed Assad's credibility. Whether or not fundamentalists are capitalizing on this or not, we will have to wait and see. Using militaries to crack down on civilian populations will always bring rebuke in the western nations, critical error for Assad and it cost him the loyalties of the many, oh and not having the freedom of press doesn't really support his case either.

      Acts of atrocities in sovereign nations will not be ignored by todays world due to the mass amount of information and the power of the camera phone/internet. Perfect example is the Kony2012 video going viral and forcing the U.S. to take action due to civilian pressure. There are no more dark corners to hide in the world, except Guantanamo :)

      May 29, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • military man

      Sir,
      You are a sell out to your own people if you truely believe Assad had nothing to do with that massacre. You are also igorant to think the US just goes around to other countries trying to tell them what to do. If the US telling governments to stop killing innocent people is wrong, go back to Syria.

      May 30, 2012 at 1:06 am | Reply
  7. YES!!

    YEAHHHH!!!!!
    ITS ABOUT TIME!!!
    YEAHHHHH!!!!

    May 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply

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