US attacks on IS group may help Assad: Pentagon chief

AFP| Last Updated: Oct 31, 2014, 06:45 AM IST

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel acknowledged Thursday that Syria`s President Bashar al-Assad could "benefit" from US-led air strikes against the Islamic State group, one of the regime`s adversaries.

Hagel said "as we and the coalition go after ISIL (IS) to help the Iraqis secure their government, but also the Middle East, yes, Assad derives some benefit of that, of course." But he noted that Washington was pursuing a long-term strategy that opposes any role for Assad.