Kerry laments lack of Syria options in leaked audio

In audio released by the New York Times, US Secretary of State John Kerry is heard lamenting to a group of Syrian civilians in New York that his call for US action against Bashar al-Assad's government fell on deaf earsSecretary of State John Kerry is frustrated that his diplomatic efforts to end Syria’s civil war were not backed up by US military force, according to a recording leaked Friday. In the audio released by the New York Times, Kerry is heard lamenting to a group of Syrian civilians last week in New York that his call for US action against Bashar al-Assad’s government fell on deaf ears. “While we will decline to comment on a private conversation, Secretary Kerry was grateful for the chance to meet with this group of Syrians, to hear their concerns first hand and to express our continued focus on ending this civil war,” he said.

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