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France Rules Out Assad As Partner In Terror Fight

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August 28, 2014 AT 8:51 AM
French President Francois Hollande has ruled out an international partnership with Syria's leader to fight against the Islamic State group, saying any alliance with Bashar Assad would play into the militants' hands. In a wide-ranging speech Thursday to international ambassadors, Hollande said France would call an international conference to address the threat of Islamic State militants and said a broad alliance was needed. He said: "I want to make sure things are clear: Bashar Assad cannot be a partner in the fight against terrorism.