U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter. File photo
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Qamishli, Syria – U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, said Wednesday that the fall of the Syrian regime is “possible” because of the “weakness” its military forces suffer despite surviving for more than four years.
“We would like to see a transition without any role for Assad,” Carter told the House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee.
“That is possible because his (Assad’s) forces are much weaker now,” Carter added.
According to Carter, Syrian regime forces suffered “significant losses” during the past four years of crisis.
He pointed out that Assad army is now more isolated than ever.
The complex war in Syria involves the government, moderate rebels, Kurds and jihadists.
Carter told reporters that Assad’s withdrawal from the scene would be better for the Syrian people, stressing the importance of forming “a new Syrian government by the moderate opposition.”
The Syrian civil war has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions since 2011, despite repeated diplomatic efforts to resolve it. The United Nations held last month a new round of negotiations between Syrian rivals for the sake of reaching a political solution for the crisis.
Reporting by: Egid Yousef
Source: ARA News