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US wants Assad killed, out of the way: Analyst

24/06/2016

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The United States wants Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “killed and out of the way” and the government replaced with a pro-Western one, a political commentator says.

Chicago-based author and radio host Stephen Lendman made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday, while commenting on a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and a group of US diplomats who had earlier signed an internal memo calling for airstrikes against the Syrian government.

The meeting, held in Kerry’s office in Washington, lasted for about half an hour, during which Kerry briefed the “dissent channel” diplomats on his work in Syria, State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday.

An intentionally-leaked memo, signed last week by 51 State Department officials involved with advising on Syria policy, called for targeted strikes against the government.

Lendman called the group members “hawkish neocons” who are pushing the administration of President Barack…

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