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Obama: US arms could help defeat Assad is 'fantasy'

21 June 2014 Last updated at 08:40 BST

President Obama has dismissed the idea that supplying US arms to Syrian rebels would have toppled President Assad, calling it a "fantasy".

His comments came in a CBS interview when he was asked if a power vacuum had been created in the Middle East which was fuelling violence in Iraq.

He said there was no "ready-made moderate Syrian force that was able to defeat Assad".