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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Montreux (Switzerland) (AFP) – The United States on Wednesday led a fierce denunciation of the Syrian regime and vowed it would step up support for the opposition as it seeks to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

The top U.S. diplomat, John Kerry, set the tone when he stressed before 40 nations and international organizations gathered at a landmark peace conference in Switzerland that Assad could play no part in Syria’s future leadership.

“There is no way -– no way possible in the imagination -– that the man who has led the brutal response to his own people could regain the legitimacy to govern,” Kerry insisted.

“One man and those who have supported him can no longer hold an entire nation and a region hostage,” said the U.S. secretary of state, who has led efforts with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to launch the peace talks and end the three-year war.

At a later press conference in the Swiss city of Montreux, Kerry revealed that Washington and Moscow were also planning to work on other tracks to end the fighting which has left 130,000 people dead.

“There will be parallel efforts being made, even while the talks are going on, to find different pressure points and find a solution,” he told reporters from the world’s media, refusing to go into detail.

“I will just say to you that lots of different avenues will be pursued, including continued support, augmented support to the opposition.”

Washington has provided more than $1.3 billion in humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, and has been supplying non-lethal material such as body armour, communications equipment and night-vision googles to the armed rebels.

But so far it has refused to directly supply weapons and machinery to the opposition forces — now fighting against both Assad and a wave of Al-Qaeda extremist groups flooding into the chaos.

U.S. military option still on the table

It remained unclear from Kerry’s remarks whether the Obama administration was now prepared to review its weapons ban.

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11 Responses to U.S. Vows Stepped Up Support To Oust Assad

  1. Yes you are right and as long as we hold things will die civil innocent people of Syria in this case , you need to provide immediate support to the opposition in Syria , I have already said and I reiterate Assad is not a pure appearance and God gave me how to distinguish people by appearances in that hides a face and the whole truth about it , I say with real facts and I had communication with a local resident of Syria in Ukraine and me spoke in detail , as Assad tells peaceful people and kills , the protesters by force is a tyrant , you have to eliminate the!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Tell you a secret between us – my foreboding says to me that a large role in the wars of people playing Russia and I am very afraid , because in my address already got threats from the regions …

  3. OY! let’s get back on track…

    From the article:

    “The top U.S. diplomat, John Kerry, set the tone when he stressed before 40 nations and international organizations gathered at a landmark peace conference in Switzerland that Assad could play no part in Syria’s future leadership.

    “There is no way -– no way possible in the imagination -– that the man who has led the brutal response to his own people could regain the legitimacy to govern,” Kerry insisted.”

    Can we post to this point??

  4. And who or what does the US propose to replace him with? 0bama/Kerry have NO idea what they are doing on the domestic front MUCH LESS on the international stage!!!

    • Having spent many years in the Air Force working as an information security specialist and staffer for a succession of general officers, I can tell you with certainty that our Presdent and SecState have a very good idea what they’re doing on both the domestic and international fronts. They’re positioned to make well-informed decisions because, unlike you, they’re well-informed. Believe me when I tell you that the information gathering sources they command and the data those sources provide would stagger the imagination of a naif like yourself.

      Note that I’m not suggesting they always make the correct decision. The events which play out on these stages are intricate, nuanced and in a state of perpetual flux. And so, frequently, the correctness of their actions can only be judged from a historical perspective. That said, if you compare (with a non-partisan eye) the leadership of George “Dubya” Bush and Condoleezza Rice with that of Barack Obama and John Kerry, you have to feel pretty good about where we are vice where we’ve recently been, particularly in the realm of international affairs.

      So do yourself a favor: turn off Fox Noise and go back to sleep, comfortable in the knowledge that our leaders are doing the best they can to advance our national interests. Or, at the very least, go away and don’t come back until or unless you have something to share which has some basis in fact.

    • What you need is a contrast between the realistic and honest foreign relations team of Obama & Kerry and the team that was probably the most corrupt in American history – Bush & Rice.

      So take about 20 minutes or so and read through this neat little article from Mother Jones which depicts Bush’s and Rice’s lies by lies as they led Ameica into the debacle called the Iraq War:

      Lie by Lie: A Timeline of How We Got Into Iraq (MotherJones)

      http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/12/leadup-iraq-war-timeline

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