White House Announces New Sanctions on Libya

The White House announced new sanctions on Libya's government and temporarily abandoned its embassy in Tripoli today, as a final flight carrying American citizens departed from the war-ravaged capital.

The Obama administration announced unilateral sanctions against the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. White House spokesman Jay Carney said the government was working with international allies at the United Nations on other pressure to ease violence that erupted in recent days.

The United States closed its embassy in Tripoli on Friday and imposed unilateral sanctions against Libya, including the freezing of billions in government assets, as the Obama administration made its most aggressive move against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi since his security forces opened fire on protesters.

The Obama administration threw its weight Thursday behind a European effort to expel Libya from the U.N.’s top human rights body and said it was readying a larger sanctions package against Moammar Gadhafi’s regime that it will take up with allies in the