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Turkey: any action against Syria 'should end Assad rule'

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan Credit: Reuters

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that any international military intervention against Syria should aim to end the rule of President Assad.

"It can't be a 24 hours hit-and-run," Erdogan told reporters in Ankara.

"What matters is stopping the bloodshed in Syria and weakening the regime to the point where it gives up," he said.