US pulls ambassador out of Syria

State Department cites "credible threats" to safety

The United States has temporarily recalled its ambassador in Syria, as a result of “credible threats against his personal safety,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told the CNN on Monday. Washington has accused the Syrian regime of “incitement” against US Ambassador Robert Ford, after he was attacked by an armed mob of government supporters last month. The US envoy created a diplomatic firestorm in July, when he paid a visit to the Syrian city of Hama, one of the hotspots of the ongoing popular revolt against the government of president President Bashar al-Assad.


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