Claiming that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is losing hold of his country's territory, the US has asked the Arab leader to remove himself from power.
"Assad must go. He needs to understand, as he's seen, as he's losing hold of territory and of his country, that the violence is not the way to resolve this. He should remove himself from power," Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer told reporters at a news conference organized by the WashingtonForeignPressCenter.
"Those around him who are not prepared to take on the kinds of actions and egregious crimes against their own people - against the Syrians - should follow course and abandon him. This is a situation that is, of course, of supreme concern in terms of what is happening around Aleppo," he said.
The US, with a number of other countries, is now focused on what happens next, how to prepare Syria for a day without Assad…