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Cameron urges Putin to change course in Syria

Cameron urges Putin to change course in Syria

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MANCHESTER: British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday to “change direction” in Syria and recognise that its President Bashar al-Assad must be replaced. Moscow says its airstrikes are targeting the Islamic State (ISIL) jihadists, but British intelligence forces claim that only one in 20 Russian airstrikes were hitting the extremist group. “Tragically, what has happened is that most of the Russian airstrikes, as far as we have been able to see so far, have been in parts of Syria not controlled by ISIL but by other opponents of the regime,” Cameron told BBC television.
“They are backing the butcher Assad, which is a terrible mistake for them and for the world. It is going to make the region more unstable, it will lead to further radicalisation and increase terrorism. “I would say to them: ‘Change direction, join us in attacking ISIL, but recognise that if we want to have a secure region, we need an alternative leader to Assad.     —AFP