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Clinton in Turkey to discuss Syria conflict

 Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, is holding talks on the conflict in Syria with Turkish leaders as deadly clashes between Syrian troops and rebels continue in the northern city of Aleppo.
Clinton arrived in Istanbul early on Saturday to have a "lengthy and in-depth conversation" with Turkey's president, prime minister and foreign minister to discuss a three-pronged strategy, a US official said.

The first aspect is "how we judge the effectiveness of what we are doing in terms of supporting the opposition," the official said, adding that pressure and isolation of the regime was part of the strategy.

The third strategy, the US official said, is built on a transition plan out of the "strong conviction" that Bashar al-Assad's, the Syrian president, days are numbered and that the international community needs to be prepared to support Syrians.


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