US says Assad ‘losing grip on Syria’

Last Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 13:12

Washington: The United States has said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is losing control of his country as he lost three of his closest allies in the recent bomb blast in Damascus.

Assad’s brother-in-law, defence minister and head of his crisis team died in a bomb attack on a meeting at the national security headquarters.

According to the BBC, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that ‘the incident makes clear that Assad is losing control.’

“All of our partners internationally need to come together to support a transition,” he added.

According to the report, the attack was the culmination of days of clashes between rebel fighters and the armed forces in a number of areas of Damascus.

After the deadly attack the army has pledged to rid Syria of ‘criminal and murder gangs’.

Meanwhile, the attack prompted the UN Security Council to delay until Thursday a vote on a Western-sponsored resolution calling for tougher sanctions on Damascus.


First Published: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 13:12

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