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Clinton says not too late for Assad to leave

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 01:53

July 24 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it is not too late for Assad to negotiate an exit. Deborah Gembara reports.

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The rebel stronghold of Homs (Blast) in this latest video posted to a social media website whose content Reuters cannot independently verify. Explosions in the besieged city come as Washington delivered this message to Syria's leadership. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. SOUNDBITE: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saying: "We do believe that it is not too late for the Assad regime to commence with planning for a transition, to find a way that ends the violence by beginning the kind of serious discussions that have not occurred to date." She also urged the country's armed opposition to make clear it is fighting for all Syrians and that it isn't seeking retribution. Rubble in the capital following what activists say was shelling by government forces. They say that in the wake of last week's attack on President Bashar al Assad's inner circle, the military is intensifying its efforts to drive insurgents from the city. Reuters cannot independently verify these reports or claims that rebels have taken hold of the northern city of Aleppo. Deborah Gembara, Reuters.

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Clinton says not too late for Assad to leave

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 01:53