ITWASSOOTED: US ‘seeks new Syrian leader' as pressure mounts

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

US ‘seeks new Syrian leader' as pressure mounts

This is the FT story I think Helen Thomas was referencing in today's press gaggle.

you need a subscription to the rest of the FT story but its probable available elsewhere. oh yeah like here

By Guy Dinmore in Washington
Published: October 9 2005 18:33 | Last updated: October 9 2005 18:33

As it steps up pressure on Damascus, the US is actively seeking an alternative who would take over from President Bashar al-Assad, according to sources close to the Bush administration.

Washington has consulted its allies in an inter-agency search co-ordinated by Stephen Hadley, the president's national security adviser. The US is also said to be considering military strikes on the Syrian border in response to its alleged support for Iraqi insur-gents.
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