Syria's Assad may benefit from U.S. attacks on Islamic State -Hagel

by Reuters
Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:19 GMT

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be benefiting from U.S. attacks on Islamic State fighters in his country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday, but he added that U.S. policy still supported Assad's removal from power.

Hagel also told reporters at Pentagon news conference that the systematic killing of Sunni tribesmen in Iraq by Islamic State fighters was the brutal "reality of what we're dealing with" in the conflict. (Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Bill Trott)

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