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Obama: Islamic State Cannot be Defeated Without Syria Agreement

U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday efforts to defeat the Islamic State group will not succeed until there is a political agreement in Syria, and that he does not believe a settlement should leave President Bashar al-Assad in power. "It is unimaginable that you can stop the civil war there when the overwhelming majority of people in Syria consider him to be a brutal, murderous dictator," Obama said. "He cannot regain legitimacy, and if in fact he is still in power,...

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