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November 1, 2013 9:36 am

White House Defends Syria Strategy Amid GOP Criticism

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Times of Israel – Obama administration officials defended US efforts in Syria on Thursday against criticism from Republicans who say Washington has no strategy to find a solution that would end the bloody conflict affecting nations throughout the Mideast.

Robert Ford, US ambassador to Syria, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the United States is proud of the humanitarian and other assistance it has provided to the Syrian opposition trying to topple President Bashar Assad’s government. He acknowledged that the Syrian people were “deeply disappointed” when the US did not take military action against the Syrian regime, but said the administration is working furiously to arrange a conference in Geneva next month to set up a transitional government and end the bloodshed.

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