US Middle East envoy Mitchell heading to Syria

The US State Department says the Obama administration's special Middle East envoy is heading to Syria. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said George Mitchell planned to arrive Friday for his second visit in Damascus since he took up his post. The Obama administration has a held a series of meetings with Syrian officials and hopes the diplomatic effort will encourage Damascus to play a positive role in both the Middle East peace process and relinquish its ties with Iran.