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Assad Resignation Essential for Victory Over ISIL – US Department of State

© AP Photo / SANA, FileIn this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad gestures during an interview with the BBC, in Damascus, Syria
In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad gestures during an interview with the BBC, in Damascus, Syria - Sputnik International
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A political transition in Syria is not only necessary for the good of its nation, but also in order to defeat the extremists operating in the Middle East, according to the US Department of State.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview. File photo - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The resignation of Syria’s President Bashar Assad is "an important part of the fight" against the Islamic State (ISIL) militant organization, the US Department of State said Friday.

The statement came after US Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney’s visit to Moscow earlier on Friday for consultations with Russian officials on the ongoing conflict in Syria.

"Assad has proven through his brutal and repressive tactics that he has lost all legitimacy, and he must go as part of a genuine political transition," the statement said.

A government soldier with the Syrian flag on a location on top of a hill not far from Kessab on the Turkish border following an Islamist takeover of the town - Sputnik International
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According to the US Department of State, a political transition in Syria is not only necessary for the good of its nation, but also in order to defeat the extremists operating in the Middle East.

"We are cognizant that Assad’s continued tenure fuels extremism and inflames tensions in the region," the statement continued.

Syria has been engulfed in a civil war since 2011. The country’s government is fighting a number of rebel groups as well as radical militant organizations, including the ISIL terrorists.

Russia believes Syrian President Bashar Assad should form part of a political solution to the ongoing crisis, while the West, including the United States, has called for him to step down.

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