While I have been expecting this news for some time now, the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria has officially announced that it will be suspending its operations as of February 06, 2012. The announcement also indicates that all U.S. personnel have already left Syria.
The reason is, of course, the escalating violence now in Syria. The announcement indicates that the U.S. Embassy personnel reached out to the Syrian government regarding their concerns for their safety, and that according to the announcement the Syrian government did not “respond adequately.”
With the cases that I am handling for Syrian nationals, many of these cases are now being transferred to the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan for processing.