President Barack Obama has called upon the embattled Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, to step down so as to end the fighting in the Middle East region. Speaking on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Nov. 22, 2015, the president said the current Syrian leadership will not help in stopping the civil war and the global fight against the Islamic State.
“My view on Assad is that it will not work to keep him in power,” Obama said. He went on to say that America and its allies will not “stop the fighting” until there is a regime change in Syria. The American president also acknowledged the role of Russia in propping Assad, saying the targeted air strikes by the Kremlin were mainly directed against Assad’s opponents than the Islamic State.
President Obama who is expected to visit Paris next month for a global climate convention, also said the world should not be cowed down with fear of the caliphate. He told the world leaders not to “succumb to fear” of ISIS as this will “elevate” their fantasy. According to reports, ISIS has claimed responsibility of the Paris terror attacks and has continued issuing terror threats to European countries and America.
Written and Edited by Shepherd Mutsvara
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