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America's war on Islamic militants is not aimed at helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stay in power,” US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Friday.
The top US diplomat sought to dispel wariness that the "laser focus" on fighting ISIL terrorists has distracted from efforts to end the three-year global war on Syria in which over 200,000 people have been killed.
"This campaign is not about helping President Bashar Assad of Syria," Kerry shot back in an opinion piece Friday in the Boston Globe.