Conflict between anti-government movements and government regimes continue in Libya and Syria. In Syria, deaths of at least 25 people Monday in the southern city of Daraa have been reported.
White House spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters the Obama administration is considering "actions including targeted sanctions but not limited" to sanctions against Syria. He said the U.S. is discussing options with international allies.
The U.S. placed sanctions on Syria in 2004 but has an active U.S. embassy there.
Carney continues to stop short of committing U.S. resources to protecting or aiding the Syrian opposition. In a press briefing Monday, Carney said the situation is different than Libya.
In response to a question by a reporter, Carney said: "I would simply say that Libya was, again, a unique situation. We had large portions of the country that were out of the control of Muammar Qaddafi. We had a Qaddafi regime that was moving against its own people in a coordinated military fashion and was about to assault a very large city on the promise that it would show -- “it,” the regime -- would show that city and its residence “no mercy. We had an international consensus to act."
In Libya, media reports indicate that fighting between Col. Moammar Gadhafi and opposition rebels continue, especially in Misurata.
This morning, Lt. General Bouchard of NATO Operations in Libya provided an update on the Libya campaign. And British Foreign Secretary William Hague discussed the situation in North Africa and the Middle East before the British House of Commons, where he defended the U.K.'s role in the NATO campaign in Libya.
In defense of NATO's involvement, Hague said, "If it goes right, it will be one of the greatest advances in human freedom." He said British security would be threatened if it goes wrong.
Also today, President Obama met with crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates to discuss the ongoing unrest and security in the region.
On Wednesday, British Defense Minister Liam Fox will appear before the British Defense Committee of Parliament to discuss the situation in Libya. Fox is in Washington today to meet with Defense Secretary Robert Gates.