** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) meets with Robert Ford, the new U.S. ambassador to Syria, in Damascus, Syria, on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Syrian Arab News Agency)

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** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad (left) meets with Robert Ford, the new U.S. ambassador to Syria, in Damascus, Syria, on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Syrian Arab News Agency)