Obama says Assad must go, revs up coalition against IS

A Syrian man carries two girls as he walks across the rubble following a barrel bomb attack on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 17, 2015US President Barack Obama said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad must go if the Islamic State group is to be defeated, as he rallied world leaders to revitalize the coalition campaign against the jihadists. French authorities, meanwhile, have launched a criminal probe of the Assad regime for alleged war crimes committed between 2011 and 2013, sources said. A day after clashing with Russian President Vladimir Putin over how to handle the crisis in Syria, Obama hosted a counterterrorism summit at the United Nations to take stock of the one-year air war against IS fighters in Iraq and Syria.

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