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US reads 'riot act' to Syria over attack on envoy
State Department reads 'riot act' to Syrian ambassador over attack on US envoy
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Obama administration says it has read the "riot act" to Syria's ambassador to the United States over an attack on the top American envoy to Syria.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the Syrian ambassador was summoned to the department after Thursday's assault on American Robert Ford.

Nuland says the Syrian official was reminded in unusually blunt terms that Ford is President Barack Obama's personal representative in Syria and that the assault on Ford was an attack on the United States.

Ford was not injured in the incident outside the office of a Syrian opposition figure he was meeting, but several armored embassy vehicles were damaged.

Nuland said the U.S. is demanding compensation.

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