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February 24, 2012

President Obama on Syria: "It is important that we not be bystanders during these extraordinary events"

President Obama is decrying what he called the "slaughter of innocents" in Syria, adding that the administration would "look for every tool available" to stop it.

"All of us who have been seeing the terrible pictures coming out of Syria and Homs recently, recognize it is absolutely imperative for the international community to rally and send a clear message to President Assad that it is time for a transition," Obama said during a meeting in the Oval Office with Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. "It is time for that regime to move on and it is time to stop the killing of syrian citizens by their own government."

Obama said he was encouraged by what he said was "international unity" against the regime and said he'd continue to keep the pressure on Assad and "look for every tool available to prevent the slaughter of innocents.

"It's important that we not be bystanders during these extraordinary events," he said.

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