Syria memo shakes up Washington but unlikely to shift policy

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. State Department officials shook up America’s generally obedient diplomatic establishment this week with an internal memo urging U.S. military action against Syria’s government with the goal of pressing Assad to accept a cease-fire and gaining the upper hand on him in future talks on a political transition. (SANA via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department officials shook up America’s generally obedient diplomatic establishment this week with an internal memo urging U.S. military action against Syria’s government with the goal of pressing President Bashar Assad to accept a cease-fire and gaining the upper hand on him in future talks on a political transition.

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