Dozens of U.S. Diplomats, in Memo, Urge Strikes Against Syria’s Assad

June 17, 2016 12:29 AM

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Dozens of U.S. Diplomats, in Memo, Urge Strikes Against Syria’s Assad

The State Department spokesman, John Kirby, declined to comment on the memo, which top officials had just received. But he said Mr. Kerry respected the process as a way for employees “to express policy views candidly and privately to senior leadership.”

Robert S. Ford, a former ambassador to Syria, said, “Many people working on Syria for the State Department have long urged a tougher policy with the Assad government as a means of facilitating arrival at a negotiated political deal to set up a new Syrian government.”

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