Report: US preparing to shut down embassy in Damascus

The United States is preparing to shut down its embassy in Damascus and evacuate all American personnel from Syria by the end of the month amid a rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country, The Washington Post quoted senior Obama administration officials as saying on Friday.
According to the report, a US official said that Washington has "no choice" but to close down the Damascus embassy unless Syrian President Bashar Assad agrees to provide enhanced protection.
“The security situation across Syria, which is deteriorating with each day that Assad clings to power, demonstrates further that Assad is losing control of the country and reinforces our point that Assad has lost all legitimacy,” the official was quoted as saying.