Syrian Crackdowns Continue

The State Department is telling American citizens to leave Syria as soon as they can and is ordering personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus to leave the country, as the Syrian government steps up a brutal crackdown against pro-reform demonstrators.

President Barack Obama condemns the use of force, and is calling on President Assad to change course now and heed the calls of his own people.  Now the U.S. is threatening sanctions against the country, calling for a halt to Syria's deplorable actions against its people.

"We are a pursuing range of possible options including targeted sanctions," said White House Correspondent Jay Carney.

The Syrian government launched a major military operation Monday, sending thousands of troops into Daraa, where the country's uprising began.  It's set to carry out what witnesses described as a brutal, wider-scale crackdown.