July 8th, 2011
02:48 PM ET

Syria slams U.S. diplomat's trip to Hama

The embattled Syrian regime is accusing the U.S. ambassador of inciting protests in the restive city of Hama, but a State Department official called that claim "absolute rubbish" Friday.

The state-run Syrian media says U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford also met with "saboteurs" and undermined its national dialogue initiative during a visit to that city.

The government said Ford did not ask for proper permission to travel there, where thousands of people have taken to the streets for anti-government protests in recent days, including a huge turnout on Friday.

"This U.S. conduct is also aimed at obstructing dialogue and political solutions undertaken by the leadership in Syria," according to a media source quoted by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency on Friday.

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  1. HRH banasy

    @saywhat:
    This is the first time I have posted here since 2:59.
    The Troll Brigade has struck again.

    July 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ali Khadoor.

    I would like to than the US Ambassador for visiting Hama. Indeed, his visit saved many Syrian lives on that day from being killed by the regime in Hama. In USA people get their passports from immigration department and citizenship, but in Syria we apply and our application will go to the security office which will decide if someone deserve a Syrian passport, based on his ties to the regime group..

    July 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. aha

    FLIGHT 655 WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN! JUST LIKE 9/11 =) BWAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAH

    July 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. aha

    NO ONE FORGET HOW AMERICANS ARE THE REAL TERRORISTS! SNEAKIN INTO SYRIA LMFAO

    July 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      Very well said, aha. Nothing could be closer to the truth!!!

      July 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HRH banasy

    aha, your capslock key is stuck.

    July 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Ellis: Shut up stupid. You too fake banasy & fake RuffNutt. Ho le.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HRH banasy

    @banasy Lite:

    Why aren't you at the Political Ticker blog?
    Oh, I know.
    Moderators and a much stricter posting policy.
    Won't let you steal names, perhaps?
    Have to use a valid E-mail, perhaps?
    No matter.
    Everyone knows you're fake.

    Hi, Cesar.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Free-Bird

    World wide change is coming , ready or not "2012"marks the spot , NEW WORLD ORDER , that's the plot !

    July 8, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andreas Moser

    Respect for Mr Ford!

    July 9, 2011 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Good to have you back HRH banasy.

    July 9, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    @ Just Me
    what a load of malarky.
    Those courageous folks from Europe and USA who stand on the side of truth, justice & peace and with the thousands of peace loving Jews in Israel & USA , are being blatantly subjected to suppression by an apartheid oppressive regime.

    Debasement of humanity at the hands of that regime in Israel needs to be exposed and it will be , so vow those who are prepared to risk their lives to do this. US 'Audacity of Hope" will sail to Gaza with Americans on board if not today then tomorrow or day after.
    Jewish Voice for Peace, JStreet & Gush Shalom and thousands other will be heard over the din created by the Zionist lobby & the media. World press is on to the story & no matter how our own 'liberated' mainstream media tries to block these news , Americans would wake up to reality.
    The plight of the 1.2 million Palestinian refugees in their own country & the sub-human conditions they are subjected to would get the attention of the world community . Good, morally upstanding & peace loving Jews everywhere are going to ensure it. It won't be long. You go on with the Hamas/Iran propagandist spiel as long as you wish,
    peace would prevail – Amen.

    July 9, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mary needs to....

    ....go take a nap.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tarek Trad

    We need to spend more time stirring unrest in Mexico, where s corrupt, vindictive, lazy culture uninterested in education, social progress, or anything else beneficial to humankind rules. We have these people running across the border destroying the US with their culture and the US does nothing, but we are worried about Syria which has almost nothing to do with anything of any significance to the United States. Stupid. – Tarek Trad

    July 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Avser Bastian

    DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION....LEARN WHO, HOW, AND WHY RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEES IN EXILE SEEKING ASYLUM RIGHT NOW http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com WHO/WHY//HOW CREATED SCHOOL SHOOTINGS(Arizona incl.) – HAARP AUSTRALIAN FLOODS(Incl. deliberately busted oil pipe in gulf of Mexico) – LEARN ABOUT REAL HUMAN FLASH EATING MACHINE – WIKILEAKS is CIA – BREAST FEEDING INSANITY PROTESTS – FACEBOOK or CIABOOTH !!? - ESKIMO SARAH PALIN'S "BRIDGE TO NOWHERE" – NWO MULTICULTURALISM SWINE/PIG FLUE SYNDROME – NEWS/MEDIA OR SIMPLY BIG FAT VACUUM WORLD OF LIES !!?? – THE REAL DON'T ASK DON'T TELL, BUT DIE !!! – OBAMINATOR'S FREE HEALTH CARE PLANE or GENOCIDE BASED ON FORGIVE AND FORGET – UN-chef Ban Ki-moon or CHINESE BAN KEY MONKEY(who is he in reality) !!? – NEW WORLD ORDER POLITICAL PARTIES(not there for you, but instead to seal your faith for their own parliament pay$$ scale !!!) EURO DIC TRAITORS vs DICTATORS or what is worse !!? LEARN WHAT DO LIBYA AND EUROPE OR USA HAVE IN-COMMON !! AND FINALLY.....COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE TODAY IN 2011 !!! "SLOVENIA" TODAY, WHERE COMMUNIST GENOCIDE GOES ON 24/7 FOR CREATION OF GREATER BYZANTINE SERBIA UNDER RUSSIAN FLAG http://sloveniatoday.blogspot.com "SLOVENIA" WHERE GERMANS(also Croatians in Croatia) ARE GETTING WIPED OUT 66 YEARS AFTER WWII OR 20 YEARS SINCE THEIR "INDEPENDENCE"(independence on paper only). Is Merkel truly great diplomat or is simply trading our lives behind our backs with worst enemies(LIBERALISM = RETARDISM = COMMUNISM = IDIOTISM = CRIME = ZIONISM) !!?

    July 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Avser Bastian

    COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE TODAY(2011) !!! http://sloveniatoday.blogspot.com or http://easterneuropetoday.wordpress.com/ OR COMMUNIST GENOCIDE IN "SLOVENIA" WHERE GERMANS(also Croatians in Croatia) ARE GETTING WIPED OUT TODAY IN 2011 UNDER RUSSIAN FLAG AND GREATER BYZANTINE SERBIAN(new Yugoslavia) AGENDA 66 YEARS AFTER WWII OR 20 YEARS SINCE THEIR "INDEPENDENCE"(independence on paper only) JUST AS PREVIOUSLY IN VOJVODINA. Is Merkel truly great diplomat or is simply trading our lives behind our backs with worst enemies(LIBERALISM = RETARDISM = COMMUNISM = IDIOTISM = ZIONISM = CRIME) !!? Visit also DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/ ...TO LEARN WHO, HOW, AND WHY RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEES IN EXILE SEEKING ASYLUM RIGHT NOW !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who want to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!!

    July 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
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