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Syria opposition backs US anti-IS plan, urges action on Assad

Syrian children attend the first day of school in a rebel-held area of the northern city of Aleppo, on September 6, 2014Syria’s opposition National Coalition welcomed a US plan to tackle the jihadist Islamic State group on Thursday, but also urged action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. In a statement, the group said it backed a US plan for air strikes in Syria and training of rebel forces, but that a “stable and extremist-free region” required “degrading and ultimately removing the Assad repressive regime.” Earlier, US President Barack Obama pledged a “relentless” war against the Islamic State, a jihadist group that has declared an Islamic caliphate in large tracts of territory in Syria and Iraq. Obama said he would “not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria,” using a different acronym for the group, and pledged to strengthen Syria’s opposition.

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