The US is threatening to take new steps against the Syrian government in response to the latest bloody crackdown by security forces. Human rights groups say at least 30 people were killed in the violence during huge anti-government demonstrations across the country. fficials blame armed terrorist groups for the unrest, while protesters say they want an end to decades of repression and corruption. It's now thought more than 580 people have been killed since the uprising began seven weeks ago. Following on from the US sanctions and the threat of more to come, the EU has agreed on an assets freeze and a travel ban for top Syrian officials. But war correspondent Eric Margolis says western countries have ulterior motives behind their stance on Syria.
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