France's Hollande says Assad cannot be ally in fight against Islamic State
French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that opposition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq should have the support of the West, adding that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could not be an ally to fight jihadists.


"Assad is not a partner in the struggle against terrorism," he said in a speech, calling him the ally of the jihadists. "There is no choice to be made between two barbarisms."