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“Why can’t we just talk to these people and get a settlement? Absolutely, we love to do it,” he said. “If you have [Taliban leader] Mullah Omar’s address, please send him a letter on our behalf to come to the table.”


The U.S. ambassador to Syria should be returning soon to Damascus, after his recall earlier this month because of threats against his life.

Ambassador Robert Ford even has bought Thanksgiving turkeys for the staff at the U.S. Embassy.

“He very much wants to have Thanksgiving dinner with his folks there,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters last week.

“So that’s our expectation, that it’ll be sometime before Thanksgiving.”

The State Department recalled Mr. Ford after receiving what it called “credible threats” against him for his public opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose security forces are accused of killing at least 3,000 anti-government demonstrators.

Mr. Ford has angered the Assad regime by meeting with protesters and traveling outside the Syrian capital to visit cities where forces have attacked unarmed demonstrators.

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