24 Apr '11, 6am

As Syria death toll rises, US ponders moves

As Syria death toll rises, US ponders moves

WASHINGTON: The United States has sharpened its criticism of Syria amid a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protests, but analysts said Saturday that President Barack Obama's options are limited. The White House has little leverage on Syria, which it classifies as a state sponsor of terrorism, compared to Egypt, which as a recipient of US aid gave Obama a stronger foundation to push for regime change, analysts told AFP. Even as activists say the death toll from Friday's protests in Syria could top 100, Obama and other world leaders haven't called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down -- as they did with prior uprisings. "This is not Egypt, this is not Tunisia, you can't think this way," said Joshua Landis, director of the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. "The army is not going to turn against the dictator here," he said of Syria. "Thi...

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