Syrian Rebels Angered by Mention Assad Could Stay

WASHINGTON—Syrian rebels are reacting with anger at the apparent shift in the policies of some Western governments over whether President Bashar al-Assad should remain in power for a transitional period in any political settlement of the country’s brutal four-year-long civil war.

Rebel leaders accuse Western governments of kowtowing to Russia, which has been engaged in a military buildup in Syria and has dispatched two dozen advanced ground-attack warplanes to assist Assad.

And they warn the beneficiary of the shift in policy will not only be the Assad regime, but also the Islamic State terror group with more fighters likely to join the extremists in reaction. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE

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