In this Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad gestures during an interview with the BBC, in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/SANA)
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ISIS militants have seized on a conflict involving a far broader opposition uprising against Assad's leadership to seize parts of Syria, as well as parts of neighbouring Iraq.French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in March Paris wanted a political solution to the crisis in Syria but that Assad was not part of it. EU foreign ministers, in a line also backed by Washington, also said after a March meeting that the Assad government could not be a partner in the fight against ISIS which has seized parts of Syria and Iraq.
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