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Clinton: Assad 'must transfer power and depart Syria'

“Assad has doubled down on his brutality and duplicity. And Syria will not – cannot – be peaceful, stable or certainly democratic until Assad goes,” Clinton said following reports of a fresh massacre of 55 civilians by pro-government militias. “The time has come for the international community to unite around a plan for post-Assad Syria.”

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Speaking on the Senate floor a few hours later, Armed Services Committee ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) said relying on Russia to press Assad out is destined to fail, given that the Kremlin is arming the government and blaming rebels for the violence.

Read more on McCain's response on The Hill's Global Affairs blog.