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US recalls ambassador to Syria

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The United States has pulled its ambassador out of Syria amid fears for his safety.

Syria responded with a tit-for-tat move by recalling its envoy to Washington.

US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford has been an outspoken critic of President Bashar al-Assad regime’s crackdown on anti-government protesters.

The US embassy in Damascus and Ford’s diplomatic convoy have both been attacked.

He angered Syrian authorities with his support for the anti-Assad movement, including attending the funeral of one protest leader.

The UN estimates at least 3,000 people have died since the unrest began seven months ago.