Several loyalists of President Bashar al-Assad broke into the U.S. embassy in Damascus on Monday and security guards used live ammunition to prevent hundreds from storming the French embassy, diplomats said.
They said the attackers tore down U.S. embassy plaques and tried to break security glass in protests fueled by the government against a visit by U.S. and French ambassadors to the city of Hama, focus of demonstrations against Assad’s rule.
“Four buses full of shabbiha (Alawite militia loyal to Assad) came from Tartous. They used a battering ram to try to break into the main door,” a resident of Afif, the old district where the U.S. embassy is located told Reuters by telephone.
The US is “condemning” the Syrian government, which strikes me as ridiculously weak tea. This could have ended up in a hostage situation. Pull the entire embassy staff out and tell the Syrians we will not return until they, at minimum, stop massacring thousands of their own people.