U.S. closes embassy in Damascus due to Syria violence

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 06, 2012 9:23 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States announced on Monday it was closing its embassy in Syria due to the worsening security situation, further isolating Damascus over its bloody crackdown on anti-government protests.

The State Department said in a statement that the embassy had suspended operations and that U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, and all embassy personnel had departed the country.

(Reporting By Andrew Quinn; Editing by Bill Trott)