'Butcher' Assad must go, says Israeli minister

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a ‘butcher’ who should be thrown out of the country along with his Iranian allies. “In my personal opinion, Assad is a butcher who massacred and murdered people,” Lieberman told a conference of Jews from the former Soviet Union, on Thursday night. “I think that in the end it is in our interest that he and the Iranians be thrown out of Syria,” he said in an audio clip of the conference in the Red Sea resort of Eilat released by his office.

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