Kerry warns Assad, regime backers to start political transition by August

May 4, 2016 7:41 AM

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Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria and its allies in Moscow and Tehran Tuesday that they have until August for starting a political transition to move President Bashar Assad out, or they risk consequences of a new U.S. approach toward ending the five-year conflict.

Kerry failed to specify what type of consequences the Syrian government and its backers face if Assad isn’t ousted. It’s unlikely the White House would approve a more active American combat role in the country. The administration is more likely to approve giving Saudi Arabia and the moderate rebels ...

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